Saturday, January 16, 2010

Easy Granola Bars

I recently posted a recipe for granola that my family loves. I decided to try and make that recipe into bars so my children could more easily eat it. Below is what I came up with. The secret ingredient? Brown rice syrup!

Easy Granola Bars

4 cups oats
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
4 TBSP chocolate chips, divided
3 TBSP brown rice syrup *I may use 4 TBSP next time so they hold their shape even better.
any other ingredient you like in granola bars

Mix oats, salt, and chopped pecans in a bowl. In a measuring cup, mix syrup, oil, and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Add 3 TBSP brown rice syrup to bowl and mix well. Add 2 TBSP chocolate chips (I use mini semisweet chips) or more to granola and stir. Spread mixture evenly on a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake in 350 preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until browned and crispy. When granola is cooked, remove from oven, sprinkle remaining chocolate chips and craisins on top. Drizzle honey on top and immediately cut into bars. Place entire cookie sheet into fridge for 15 minutes. Once cooled, remove from cookie sheet and place in an air tight container.

Chop pecans

mix dry ingredients in bowl

mix liquid ingredients in measuring cup and add to dry ingredients.

Add brown rice syrup to the mix and stir well.

Add chocolate chips and mix well.
Spread evenly on cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Once granola is cooked, sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips and craisins, drizzle with honey and cut into bars. Place cookie sheet in fridge for 15 minutes and then remove bars and place in air tight container.

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