Chewy Granola Bars
These oat bars are quite decadent, but they are still healthy. I changed the original recipe quite a bit adding only 1/4 cup of sugar instead of the 1/2 to 3/4 cup originally called for. It has other sweeteners which make it plenty sweet for an after-school snack and it also works as a breakfast granola.
Chewy Oat Bars
(Adapted from Smitten Kitchen blog)
Makes one 8 x 8 inch square pan for 8 large bars
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Grease one 8 x 8 inch square pan
1 2/3 cup regular rolled oats
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup toasted wheat bran
1/2 tsp salt
2-3 cups fruit and nuts (We used 1/2 cup of dried banana chips, choppeds, 1/3 cup toasted almonds, chopped, 1/2 cup sweetened, dried cranberries, 1/3 cup toasted pecans, chopped, 1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut and 2 Tb sesame seeds)
5 Tb butter, melted
1/3 cup organic smooth peanut butter, unsweetened
1/4 cup of honey (we used 1/8 cup honey and 1/8 cup maple syrup)
2 Tb corn syrup
1 Tb water (forgot to add this)
Directions: Mix the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well to coat. Spoon the entire mixture into a greased 8 x 8 inch pan. Use the back of a spoon or measuring cup to push the bar into the sides and bottom of the pan. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes in a 325 degree oven. Wait until the bars are entirely cool before cutting. Makes 8 large oat bars. Note: add-ins that would be good include chopped walnuts, dried cherries, chocolate chips, pistachio nuts, flax seeds, sunflower seeds – really anything you like.
These are unsweetened banana chips that we broke into small pieces with our fingers. It’s helpful to chop up add-ins into small pieces to make the bars adhere better.
We ran out of honey so we added some maple syrup to make 1/4 cup. Honey adds wonderful flavor to oats and aids chewiness, but it also burns easily. That’s why we use a 325 degree oven.
Spoon the contents into a well greased 8 x 8 inch square pan. Use a spoon or measuring cup to push the bars into the sides and bottom of the pan.
Chewy Oat Bars can be eaten as a breakfast cereal. Break into large pieces and pour milk on it. S doesn’t like oatmeal or granola but she liked these oat bars with milk for breakfast. They stayed crunchy and they were sweet. Note: these organic blueberries from the freezer turned the milk blue and S was not too happy about that.