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Homemade granola bars

We, my friends, are a family of marathon walkers. We don't exactly walk marathons, but we do tend to go on multi-hour long walks/hikes/strolls at least once a week with shorter trips daily. Going these distances with two adults, a four year old, and a dog in tow means that we carry a considerable load of water and other "supplies" to ensure happy treks. One item that was constantly missing when we needed it most was a good source of energy (i.e., snacks!).

While at a work conference last week, I stumbled upon a tiny but well-stocked natural food store and, eureka!, an idea hit me. Why not make some granola bars to take on our walks? I could make them to suit our tastes and I would learn something new. So I bought some flax seed, wheat germ, wheat flour, and pumpkin seeds and proceeded to google healthy granola bar recipes later that day. I have to admit that I didn't really like any of the recipes I found so I decided to make a hybrid.

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Once they we're cooked and cooled, I victimized Aaron to sample them first to tell me if they we're edible. The verdict? In his words they are "awesome". Roscoe's enjoyed them for breakfast on a recent rushed morning and I even had enough to freeze for future grubbing. The recipe's below, but let me forewarn you: this recipe makes about 24 bars and they only keep for 5 days outside the fridge. I would highly recommend freezing a few in separate ziplock bags and/or giving them away to friends and family asap.

Homemade Granola Bars

  • 2 1/2cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts almonds (or substitute another nut)
  • 1/2 cuptablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 4 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup dried fruit of your choice (I used unsweetened cranberries)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F degrees. Line an 13 x 13-inch baking pan with foil that overhangs the pan on all sides by at least one inch. Lightly grease the foil with cooking spray.
  2. Spread the oats, nuts, and seeds on a baking sheet and bake them for about6-8 minutes, or until they are lightly toasted, stirring once or twice to insure even cooking.
  3. Remove the pan from the oven and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the flax,wheat germ, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon with a whisk until blended.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, stir the oil and brown sugar with a whisk until smooth. Stir in the eggs and vanilla.
  6. Stir in the flour mixture just until combined, then stir in the oat mixture and dried fruit until well combined.

7. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly. Bake the bars until they are set, about 25 minutes.

8. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a wire rack until the granola bars have cooled completely.

9. Lift the slab of granola bars from the pan using the overhanging foil as handles and place on a cutting board. Cut into desired size squares/bars.

10. Enjoy!

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Posted in Home Improvement Post Date 11/30/2017


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