As for granola bars I like them chewy rather than hard and crunchy, but I like to toast the ingredients first...
...and that is the only time they will be in the oven. Toast in a med hot oven around 325 degrees F until lightly golden be careful not to burn it. The nuts were done separately...just because it worked better that way.
This is the first recipe that I tried:
adapted from - Joyful Abode
•2 cups oats
•3/4 cup wheat germ
•3/4 cup sunflower seeds
•1/4 cup sliced almonds
•1 cup puffed rice
•2/3 cup brown sugar
•1/2 cup honey
•4 tablespoons butter
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•1/2 teaspoon sea salt
•4 oz dried cranberries
Toast the dry ingredients except sugar and dried fruit. After toasted place in a large bowl, add the dried fruit. I didn't add too much fruit because my daughter doesn't like most dried fruits...so I really skimped on it in this batch.
In a sauce pan heat the butter, sugar, and brown sugar and bring to a simmer...and the brown sugar is dissolved...
Be sure to stir constantly...
...you don't want to get it too thick...you want nice chewy bars.
Meanwhile, prepare a glass baking dish for your granola by lining it with waxed paper lightly sprayed with a nonstick spray. I used a 9x9 and the bars were a little thicker, use the size that will make the bars the size you want.
Mix everything really well... add the fruit at this time, this is what holds the bars together.
Fold the wax paper over the top and keep pressing...push down good, they held together really good. Let the bars cool before cutting them.
I let them rest all night because I made them late at night, and that was a mistake. The paper stuck some to the bottom and I had to painstakingly peel it off. These came out pretty large.
I wrapped them individually so he could take them with him. They turned out pretty good, but they were too sweet for me. It was good to make them without the high fructose corn syrup, and were pretty much all organic though.
I made another batch and changed it up bit so it wouldn't be as sweet for me... and they were chai spice flavored!!
Michigan dried cherries
chopped almonds along with the sunflower seeds
I used barely a half cup brown sugar (didn't pack it) used less butter and add a little coconut oil to make up for it you could use canola or any oil you like.
I will add the chai spice mix recipe on an up and coming post soon!
It didn't hold together quite as well as the first ones, but I liked it a lot better!!
all you have to do is just be careful when you cut them...
This has been add to:
Sweets for a Saturday link-up!
Bizzy B. Bakes, Bake with Bizzy
...she was just 4 days old, and full of personality...a real spite-fire!
her mane was unbelievably soft, and she was so curious about everything! So cute!