Almost nutritious, homemade granola bars

After buying a wonderful thing called a "trek bar" from the Great Harvest Bread Co. at the Farmer's Market, I've wanted to make my own chewy granola bars. They're healthier, you can put in whatever you want, and they taste much better. After searching a bit on the internet and cambining a few recipies, I made this one up:

2/3 C brown sugar
2/3 C peanut butter
1/2 C honey
1/2 C melted butter
2 t vanilla
1 egg

3 C old fashioned oats

1/3 C sunflower seeds
1/4 C milled flax seed
1/4 C Craisins
2/3 C dried cherries and blueberries

Other goodies may be added as well, so long as the total doesn't much exceed 2 cups. Options include nuts (chopped or whole), chocolate chips, carob chips, and/or dried fruits.

Preheat oven to 350 °F. Combine the first 5 ingredients and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients one at a time, stirring well. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray, then pack the "dough" in evenly across the bottom of the pan. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool completely, then cut into bars.


1 comment:

Jennifer said...

LOVE Great Harvest bread... I worked at one for a year in high school, and I can't go back to eating normal store bread! I've taken to making my own again now that their prices have gone up so much, though! Thanks for the bar recipe... I'll ahve to try it.