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Chewy Granola Bars

January 11, 2012
Chewy Oat Bars

Chewy Oat 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

Dry ingredients:

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)

Wet ingredients:

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.

Crushing banana chips

Crushing banana chips with fingers

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.

Adding honey and maple syrup

Adding honey and maple syrup

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.

Put oat bars into pan

Spoon contents into greased pan

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.

oat bar cereal

Oat Bars with Blueberries and Milk

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.

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