Granola Bars 1
4 Cups oatmeal (I prefer Old Fashioned)
1 1/2 Cups chopped nuts
1 Cup packed brown sugar
3/4 Cup butter
3/4 Cup Honey (I actually lower this to half cup)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt (optional)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, then mix well. Lightly butter a baking sheet. Pack mixture firmly onto baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, in preheated oven. Cool thoroughly. Cut into squares. Individually wrap each in parchment or plastic. Store in the fridge.
Granola Bars 2
1 1/2 Cups chunky peanut butter
1 Cup Honey
3/4 Cup Brown sugar
5 cups oats
1 - 6 oz package of dried fruits
Combine peanut butter, honey and brown sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to a biol, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; quickly add fruit pieces and oats. Using a buttered spatula, press into a 13 by 9 pan that has been lightly buttered. Cool 15 minutes. Cut into 18 bars. Allow to cool completely after cutting. Individually wrap each in parchment or plastic. Store in the fridge.
Low Fat Granola
7 Cups old fashioned oats
1/2 Cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 Cup wheat germ
1 1/2 Cups nuts (I like walnuts)
2 tsp cinnamon
2 Cups dried fruit (I prefer it a little lighter, so I use 1 1/2 cups raisins)
1/2 Cup plus 3 Tbsp of honey
1/3 Cup Molasses
1 tsp vanilla
Mix dry ingredients together well in large bowl. Place honey, and molasses in a small pot, heat just to make runny, do not boil. Add vanilla and mix well. Drizzle over oat mix in bowl, mixing as you go. Mix well to coat. You can work through with your hands if you like but makes you very sticky!
Spread in two large flat pans with sides (I have cookie sheets with sides). Set oven to 325 and bake for 20-30 minutes, making sure to stir every ten minutes. Cool. Store in a cool, dry place for up to four weeks.
NOTE: You can dehydrate this recipe at highest setting until no longer sticky. I find this takes an awfully long time, though. I prefer the oven. You can also bake in the oven for longer at a lower temperature.
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