Of all the things I've baked and created, I have yet to do my own granola bars, which are a staple in our house. My Mom likes them for breakfast and my Brother likes them for a snack. They kept asking me to try it out, so yesterday I finally gave it ago. The recipe follows, but it was my first time making any time of granola bar. Also, I made up the recipe off of the top of my head. I liked how they turned out though!
For the bars:
2 Cups raw rolled oats
1 1/2 Cups whole wheat flour
1/2 Cup Sugar in the raw
1/4 Cup granulated sugar
1 Cup creamy peanut butter (crunchy would be good too, you could also add more)
1 Cup roasted peanuts (any nut will do)
1/4 Cup flax seeds (optional)
1/2 Cup vegetable oil
Splash of vanilla extract
Splash of almond extract
Pinch of salt
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and make sure they are well combined. Use your hands and get dirty if you must! Put into a greased pan and bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely before you cut.
I even wrapped them individually so we could take them and go!
The best part is that these bars can act as many things.
It's perfectly good to crumble one up and pour milk over it. That's better than store-bought cereal. Also, you can crumble over fruit and yogurt for a parfait (my favorite way). You could even use as a topping for a sundae or your morning oatmeal. Whatever! It's all good! :)