Saturday, June 2, 2012

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

Granola bars make a great snack, but they can be expensive.  So, I decided to make my own.  I started following a recipe, but ended up changing some things.  Below is the recipe I actually used. They're so quick and easy to make, and will save you money! This recipe makes 12 bars. If you like yours really sweet, you might want to add more sugar.  These are only slightly sweet.

Mmmm! Look at that melted chocolate!
  • 2 c. quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 c. organic sugar
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/4 c. raisins
  • 1/4 c. dark chocolate chips (w/o milkfat Check the ingredients!)
  • 1/2 c. nut butter (I used peanut butter)
  • 1/4 c. + 1 T. agave nectar
  • 1 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 T. ground flax seed + 6 T. water
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine flax and water.  Set aside.

Combine all dry ingredients in mixing bowl. (except cocoa powder)

Stir in raisins and chocolate chips.  In a separate bowl, combine agave nectar, sugar, nut butter, and cocoa powder, and mix until smooth.  Combine nut butter mixture with flax/water mixture.

Add wet to dry ingredients and mix well.

Press into a greased 8x11 pan and bake for 15 minutes.

After they have cooled some, cut them into 12 bars and place them on a cooling rack.

I am going to continue making them and trying different combinations of ingredients.  What's your favorite granola bar flavor?


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