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Granola Bars recipe

These are easy-to-make, chewy granola bars.Mix and match with similar dry ingredients to create your ownflavor of granola bars. Toasting the oats, sunflower seeds, nutsand coconut increases flavor and give the bars more crunchiness,however it is not necessary. You can omit the procedure and usethe ingredients without toasting, if desired.

Another delicious recipe from our Family-FavoriteRecipes Collection.

Recipe: Granola Bars

3 1/2 cups old-fashioned (rolled) oats1 cup chopped nuts (such as walnuts, pecans,almonds, cashews, etc.)1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds2 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup chopped dates1/2 cup raisins1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup smooth-style peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional use – see note)

  • Line with parchment paper, foil or greasean 11 x 17-inch jelly roll pan; set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C).
  • Combine first 4 ingredients in 13 x 9x 2-inch baking pan, mixing well. Bake for 20 minutes, stirringevery 5 minutes. Remove and cool to room temperature.
  • Place toasted mixture a large mixing bowland add the rice cereal, ground flax seed or wheat germ, datesand/or raisins; set aside.
  • Combine the brown sugar and corn syrupin a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirringfrequently. Cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in thepeanut butter and vanilla until well mixed. Pour syrup mixtureover granola mixture and stir until well coated. Stir in chocolatechips, if using.
  • Quickly spread mixture into prepared pan,using your hands if necessary to distribute evenly. Place a pieceof plastic wrap on top and with a rolling pin, press granolamixture down firmly and evenly. Cool completely. Once cool, liftmixture from pan with the edges of the parchment or foil andcut into bars (a pizza cutter works nicely). If desired, wrapeach bar individually so they’ll be for a snack anytime, anywhere.

    Makes 36 (approximately 1 1/4 x 4-inch)granola bars.

    Cook’s Notes:

    • Since the granola mixture will be warm,the chocolate chips will, for the most part, melt. This createsa chocolatey-style granola bar. If you wait for the mixture tocool down even slightly, it will harden too much to incorporatethe chips into it. Also, try other flavors of chips such as milkor white chocolate.
    • For variation use any combination of driedfruits such dried cherries, cranberries, apricots, etc.

    Nutritional Information Per Serving (1bar): 241.0 calories; 34% calories from fat; 10.0g total fat;0.0mg cholesterol; 62.3mg sodium; 209.1mg potassium; 35.2g carbohydrates;3.3g fiber; 17.0g sugar; 31.9g net carbs; 6.0g protein.

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    I made this today and can t wait for my daughter to try them. Very very tasty and will continue to make it. I notice lots of people say it won t stay together I did not know how hard to press the mix into the dish so i took a chance of press 11 ing the mix very 5629 hard into the dish. Maybe the people having problems need to press it down a bit before they put it in refrigerator. Just a thought! What are your rules for publishing your recipes, along with corresponding photos, in magazines? My magazine would like to use your 5 Ingredient Granola Bar recipe and photo in a healthful eating spread, and, of course, we would give you credit.


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