Home Made Granola Bars.

The kids really enjoy the store bought granola bars. I was determined to find a recipe they all enjoyed and I did! Even Chris likes them! We both would like added nuts, but with a nut free school, that is “nut” going to happen unless they get eaten lots at home alone.

This recipe I found needed to be tweaked to the kids liking, so I will share our recipe with you.

First toast 3 cups large rolled oats at 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes, stirring up halfway through timer.

Next, heat in pot 2 Tbsp canola oil, 2 Tbsp maple syrup, 1/4 cup of honey, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar and .5 tsp salt. Heat up until brown sugar is dissolved, but don’t boil.

Once the oats are toasted put them in a large bowl, add the hot liquid mixture and stir for 1 minute to coat the oats. Add 1 cup of milk chocolate chips in the pot while the mixture is still hot so the chips will melt. They will act like glue to hold the granola bars together. Stir for another minute making sure mixture is coated very well.

Add .5 cup milk chocolate chips into the bowl when the mixture is not so hot and fold them in. (Optional).

(see update at the bottom for a waste free alternative to this step!) Line a 8×8 dish (pyrex) with parchment paper, enough to fold over itself once the granola is pressed. Add the mixture and press it down to all corners of dish. Use a flat utensil to firmly press the granola down.

I used a bit too much parchment paper

Cover the granola with the extra parchment paper and with your hands to smooth the mixture flat.

Keep on counter until cool, about 1 hour or more. If still warm, leave it longer! Remove the parchment paper and granola out of pan and peel off the paper. Cut the granola onto bar sizes and store them in an airtight container.


Update November 22, 2018.

I figured out a way to use no single use material in tge making of the granola bars. Simply use a cheesecake pan!



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