The husband and I are on a healthy kick like everyone else in January, so my options for baking feel kind of limited at the moment. With that being said, I still need to satisfy my sweet tooth. I found this recipe for granola bars on www.allrecipes.com, and I modified it a bit with the ingredients I had on hand. I also wanted to make this recipe a bit healthier, so I cut down on the sugar and used canola oil instead of vegetable oil. You can use this recipe and make a number of modifications to suit your taste buds or what you have in your pantry.
Cranberry Almond Granola Bars, yields 20 bars
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cranberries
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, cranberries, almonds and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.
You can wrap these up individually in plastic wrap, or keep in a plastic bag so they will stay chewy. They make a great snack or even breakfast. Enjoy!