Granola Bars


With my favorite season upon us.....it not only means 'harvest' but it is time for healthy snacks for lunches! I am always looking for 'portable' goodies to bake. That is to say, things that can be packed in easy lunch bags...the 'boys' don't like the fuss of containers!

This Granola Bar recipe I stumbled across on the back of a Roger's Oats bag. The best thing about it is that you design the contents with a few basic steps. And for someone who has a hard time getting their baking to 'stick together'....this recipe is a sure thing. You will note from the pics that I did not have the SEEDS...I used poppy seed instead and guess what...it went over great!

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups oats
2 cups crisp rice

1 cup unsweetened coconut
1 cup nuts
1 cup dried fruits
1 cup seeds
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup honey

1 cup brown sugar

Combine oats, crisp rice, coconut, nuts dried fruits and seeds; set aside Place butter honey and brown sugar in a large pot. Over medium heat stir to combine ingredients as butter melts. When mixture begins to bubble add dry ingredients and stir well. Cook about 7 mins. until mixture is a light golden brown, stirring constantly to avoid over-browning. Lower heat if mixture is darkening too quickly. Press into lightly greased 9" x 13" pan. Press firmly. Cool completely, cut into bars and wrap individually.


For Seeds: Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds (grin - and poppy seeds)
For Nuts: Sliced Almonds, Chopped Hazelnuts, Pecans or Walnuts
For Dried Fruits: Raisins, Cranberries, Chopped Apricots

9 comments:

  1. I love granola bars..thanks for the recipe, Trish. I like these recipes that you can add whatever you like as in seeds, nuts, fruits.

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  2. i bought a box of 48 granola bars for school lunches and by thursday they were all GONE!!!!
    so i decided no more store bought junk, i was to make my own, and voila, up pop a recipe on my favorite site, just in the nick of time too. i probably have to make the recipe SIX TIMES though, the rate my kids eat....lol. today is muffin mania day here in the praries. i am baking at least 5 kinds of muffins and if i can find my camera charger i may even be able to take pictures before they are all gone so i can post the recipes..thanks for another tasty treat

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  3. Trish, this looks yummy like everything you make :0)
    I'm going to make the Magic bars for a family deal this saturday. I even found the Golden Oreos. That was your recipe you shared right? or am I losing my mind....

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  4. hee hee
    nope
    not losing your mind
    but I am sure
    that I
    am
    today

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  5. This looks like that would beat those Sweet and salty ones that I'm buying, yet they look so easy and yummy to make. Those are my little boys favorite.

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  6. You had a cup of poppy seeds? That's funny. I'm going to try this recipe. It looks so good.

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  7. Well, I've never tried making granola bars but there's always a first time! This recipe looks wonderful...with chopped dried apricots...yumm.

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  8. My husband would love those! I'm going to have to give this one a try for sure :-D (They look good too!)

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  9. I just made these but with 1/2 cup brown sugar instead of 1 cup. Worked perfectly. Still very sweet and held together perfectly. Next time I will try 1/4 cup brown sugar.

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