Sunday, May 18, 2014

Homemade Granola Bars

I freaking love granola bars. The problem with store bought granola bars is that there are a lot of ingredients that you can't pronounce.  This is one of the better ones, I think it's a Nature's Valley or something.  I don't remember. Oh well.
One of the best things about making your own granola bars is that you can add just about anything that want and make it 100% your own.

2 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1/4 cup of light brown sugar
1/3 cup of clover honey (we're lucky enough to have local bee keepers and their honey is amazing)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 cup of unsalted pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup of unsalted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup of dried cranberries
1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/4 cup of chocolate chips (not pictured)

Toast the oats and walnuts in a 350 degree oven for 7 minutes.

Add all of the seeds, chocolate, and cranberries to a bowl.

Next add the toasted oats and nuts to the bowl and mix it up.

Add the honey, salt, butter, and brown sugar to a small pot.

Heat until it's all melted and mixed together.

Pour it into the bowl with the oat mix and stir it up.

Press the mix into a parchment lined 8x8 pan and put it in the fridge for two hours.

After that time is up, lift out the parchment and cut it into 8 pieces.

My preference would be to wrap them in parchment, but I didn't have any tape to seal them.  And enjoy.

Next time, I am going to add some more dark chocolate chips to the top of bars before putting them in the fridge.

What are you going to add?

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