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Homemade Granola Bars

August 30, 2011

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

With September just around the corner I thought it would be great to have a few back to school recipes.  Let’s face it school and learning is very hard work.  It can be mentally draining and if you do not ‘feed the machine’ properly you or your kids run the risk of fatigue.  Fatigue leads to a lack of concentration which is unproductive when trying to learn.  A great way to help with fatigue is to eat properly.  Granola bars are a fantastic way to keep your blood sugar levels stable which in turn give you more energy.

Homemade Granola bars are really simple to make.  They will make a great addition to any lunch or simply pack them for a mid-day snack to help boost your youngsters attention level.  These granola bars are quite healthy.  I really enjoy the flavor of the dark chocolate chips and the dried cherries.  You could substitute the cherries for raisins if you prefer but I love the taste and texture of dried cherries far better than raisins.  Overall, these granola bars are healthy and the best part is the kids won’t even know it!

Homemade Granola Bars

 Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried sour cherries, chopped
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup slivered almonds

To Prepare the Homemade Granola Bars

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla.

Mix well using your hands, add in cherries, chocolate chips and almonds. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden around the edges. Cool on wire rack for about 30 minutes before cutting. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting because they will crumble.   Store granola bars is airtight container for up to three days.

Makes 24 granola bars

Adapted from allrecipes

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

 These homemade granola bars didn’t last long in our house.  You won’t have to worry about your children trading these wonderful homemade snacks off, I promise!

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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