my mother-in-law has done it again.
homemade granola bars!
perfectly soft and chewy, corn-syrup free, all natural,
full of protein, and best of all.. outrageously yummy.
this is groundbreaking.
this winter, grant's mom created a healthy, homemade granola bar as a substitute for the pricey health food store bars she'd been buying, and our family hasn't been the same since. for about two weeks now i've been popping these guilt-free treats out of the freezer and into grant's lunch sack in the morning. (one batch has lasted us this long!) we love love love them. grant will even email over his lunch break and remind me how much he loves them. so judy, we owe you. big time.
mom judy's homemade granola bars.
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 c. flax seed, milled
3/4 c. shelled sunflower seeds
1 c. chopped nuts (any kind or combination)
1 c. shredded coconut
1/2 to 1 tsp. cinnamon (desired amount)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. brown sugar or your favorite natural sweetener
1/2 c. honey
2 tsp. molasses
4 T. butter
2 tsp. vanilla
4 T. peanut butter
1 c. dried, chopped fruit (optional)
1. mix first 8 ingredients together and place on a rimmed baking sheet. toast in a 400 degree oven for 12 minutes. stir and let cool at least 15 minutes.
2. bring next 4 ingredients to a simmer, stirring continuously. stir in the vanilla and peanut butter and cool for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. put the toasted ingredients and dried fruit in a large bowl and pour the liquid ingredients over it. mix very well.
4. place parchment or wax paper in the rimmed baking sheet and butter the top side, then place the granola bar mixture in the pan. put another butter sheet of paper, buttered side down, on top of the mixture and press down. roll with a rolling pin to make it very tight, smooth, and even.
5. let set for 2-3 hours and cut into desired bar size. makes about 20-24 bars. package in snack size bags or an airtight container. if not using within next few days, store in freezer. they keep very well, and thaw quickly. (really yummy frozen, too!)