Monday, October 20, 2008

Homemade Granola Bars

Save packaging waste by making your own granola bars!

I made some extremely tasty "Harvest Granola Bars" (I just made up that name, what do you think?)
They contain pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds!

3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda

2 1/2 c. oats

1/2 cup mixture of flax seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (shelled)

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix together oil and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; add to oil mixture, mixing well. Stir in oats, seeds, and chocolate chips.

I ended up "massaging" this together with my hands to make it more homogeneous.

Press into bottom of ungreased cookie sheet/jelly roll pan (something with a slight lip). It is okay if it doesn't reach the edges of the pan. Mine were kind of free-form edges. They look nicer after you trim them off but they are still deeee-lish, so don't throw any of this away!

Bake about 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool and cut into bars.

I also like to eat the crumbs in milk, like cereal.

Store in a sealed container. I put mine in the fridge but I'm sure it would be fine at room temperature as well.


Cathy said...

Yummy! I will definitely try this--my kids love granola bars.

Homemade protein granola bars said...

Dang, I'll have to try this -- with all that sugar, I bet they are sweet as heck!

You can also make granola bars without the oven, like this:

Kathleen said...

Yum! They look so good! They seem like a good substitute for the Nature Valley bars we snack on around here. I too hate the packaging that comes with those bars. I'll have to try baking some, if I could ever pull myself away from this darned computer.