This granola bar recipe was shared with me from a friend, who happens to be our town's lactation consultant. Thanks, Betty!
I've added flax seed and wheat germ, reduced the sugar, changed the white flour to whole wheat flour, and switched out the vegetable oil with coconut oil. Therefore, I've made it my own! :) I am so incredibly impressed with these granola bars. They aren't too soft, and they aren't too hard. They're just right! They're also so delicious, my two year old calls them cookies, which works for me!
Let's get started!
|First, we'll need to start with the ingredients.|
|Then, we'll add all of the dry ingredients and mix together.|
|Next, we'll make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients.|
|We will then stir the mixture with a spoon, only to find that it's just easier to use our hands.|
|After mixing, add your extra ingredients.|
|Pour into pan and get ready to squish!|
|All squished down and ready to go in for 30 minutes. Please note, the temperature in the picture is set to 375 degrees. It should be 350! No worries, I just adjusted the cooking time once I realized that it was set too high.|
|Wallah! Beautiful and delicious granola bars. Also, a much healthier option than store-bought granola bars!|
2 cups whole grain old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup wheat germ
¼ cup flax seed
¾ tsp. cinnamon
¾ tsp. salt
½ cup honey
½ cup coconut oil
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp. vanilla extract
¾ cup chocolate chips
¾ cup dried fruit
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 pan. In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and pour in all of the wet ingredients. Mix together well with hands and then pat the mixture into the pan. Bake for 15 minutes and then turn around in oven. Bake for an additional 15 minutes and then cool for 3-4 minutes before cutting. Do not allow the bars to cool any longer than 3-4 minutes or they will be too hard to cut. Enjoy!