I’ve been wanting to make our own granola bars for some time now; it’s part of my plan to replace store bought foods with homemade ones. I’m hoping some day it will be second nature. With these granola bars…I may have just come a step closer!
I have no snazzy finished product pictures for you because the SuperFatFamily finished off ALMOST the entire pan today throughout the day. I did bake these with the big kids however and they thoroughly enjoyed the process…and obviously, the outcome.
I found a recipe on AllRecipes.com. I add the link because it was my starting point….but I’ve altered it so much I will include my recipe below. I looked through the comments and took them into consideration (which is one of my favorite things about recipe sites like this…you can get a LOT of input on a recipe!).
This recipe makes 18 bars in a 9 x 13 pan. I think they are a good sized bar and filling. These will make good snacks or breakfast on the go (add yogurt and some juice, of course!). If you cut 18 bars, these are 5 Weight Watchers PlusPoints.
Chewy Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars
In a large bowl mix:
- 3c. rolled oats (I used quick cooking this time)
- 1 1/2c. Rice Crispy cereal
- 1c. flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
In another bowl cream together:
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2c. butter, softened
- 1/3c. brown sugar
Add to the creamed mixture:
- 1/2c. honey
- 1/2c. unsweetened applesauce
Stir together and pour into the dry mixture. Mix them all together until combined.
- Stir in 1 c. raisins
Press into a greased 9 x 13 pan. (Press them HARD into this pan. I used a piece of waxed paper so I didn’t get it all stuck to my hands. I also used my small fondant roller to press them down.
Bake 18-22 minutes, or until golden brown, in a preheated 325 degree oven. I pulled mine out roughly half way through and attempted to press them down again with the waxed paper but they were too hot.
Set on cooling rack and let sit for 10 minutes. Cut into 18 bars and allow to cool completely before you take them out of the pan. (If you don’t let them cool completely, they crumble….I heard…).
**EDITED 10/30/11 I’ve found upping the cinnamon to 1 1/2tsp and adding 1/4tsp cloves makes a much better flavor in the bars. Since I first made these I also purchased the pastry roller from Pampered Chef and this is EXCELLENT for packing these bars down tight, keeping them from coming out crumbly!**
My thoughts are that next time I might even press them down again before I cut them. Our stay together pretty well…but one last press might have been the trick.
I think they will need more than 1 tsp. of cinnamon next time. That, or maybe 1/2 tsp of cloves or so.
Mix whatever you want into them but remember that what you put in them affects their nutritional value! (No, SuperDad, I will NOT add chocolate chips, 2 kinds of nuts and some peanut butter for good measure…)
I’m interested in your thoughts on this recipe; how to tweak it or how it turns out for you. Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know!