10.21.2014

Chewy Granola Bars

"Quite Possibly The Best Thing To Come Out Of My Oven, Ever" Chewy Granola Bars
based on a recipe from my friend Valerie

yield: about 3 dozen 1x3" bars

3/4 c. soft butter
1 1/2 c. dark brown sugar
3 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. almond extract
1 egg
1 1/2 c. flour (I used 1 cup of almond flour* and 1/2 c. all-purpose flour)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. oat flour* (made by pulsing rolled oats in a food processor) + 1 c. rolled oats
2 c. rice krispies
1 c. chopped nuts
1 c. raisins or dried cranberries, or a combination
1/2 c. dried sweetened coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together wet ingredients in a small bowl, then add sugar.  Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl and add in wet ingredients (I did this step in a mixer with a dough hook to save myself the stirring).  Press into a well-greased 9x13" pan.  Bake for 25-35 minutes.  Cool then cut into bars.

Ya'll.

I hit the jackpot with this.  I am definitely not telling you I'm an amazing cook -nope, what I'm saying is that this is an amazing recipe.  And it made a TON!  I cut these into 1"x3" bars because they are really hearty, and it turns out that they are just the right size for stuffing in my mouth when the kids aren't watching.  What's that?  You've never done that?  Oh.  Well, I sneak food all the time because my precious vultures sweethearts love to eat as much as I do.  Don't worry, they're getting them too ... just not every time they happen to walk by the fridge!


So, go.  Make these.  Be a better person than me and share them with those you love.

*If you don't have almond flour, no biggie - just use 1 1/2 c. all purpose flour.  And if you aren't in the mood for pulverizing oats in a food processor, omit the oat flour and throw in an extra cup or so of rolled oats.

5 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to try these!!! I haven't found GOOD granola bars here yet. So I've been making them every week from this recipe-http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-segal/homemade-granola-bars-for_b_3014018.html. But they fall apart easily unless you keep them chilled and eat them almost right out of the fridge. They also were pretty sweet. I couldn't figure out how to keep them together but this looks like it will work better! thanks!

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  2. oh AND I always sneak food...lol. mainly cookies and chocolate. and coke (which is not often). however, maddie is too busy to eat, just never too busy for cookies or chocolate.

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    1. So glad to know I'm not the only one :)

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  3. So I just made these...and they make any other granola bar unworthy to be put in my mouth.

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    1. I KNOW! I've always wondered what I'd contribute to a bakesale ... until now!

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