This granola bar recipe is from when I was in Jr. High school and had to take Home Economics. Seriously. I've held onto because the bars are delicious. Now, the recipe is going to be my new found favorite because I can't stand the thought of my girls eating mass produced products with cheap ingredients. I can control what goes into them! I may play with the recipe a bit and substitute in Almond butter or add dried fruit.
Happy Granola Bars
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
grease 9x9 square pan
Bake: ***15-20 minutes (cover with foil last 5-10 minutes), makes 16-24 bars
Combine and set aside, Dry Ingredients:
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Cream together, wet ingredients:
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup brown sugar
Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, combining with a wooden spoon. When mixed well, add the remaining ingredients. This is where substitutions or additions can occur. Do not omit oatmeal, wheat germ, or dry milk crystals.
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup chocolate or carob chips
1/4-1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup dry milk crystals (can be found in bulk bins at Whole Foods)
Enjoy, please let me know if you experiment with the ingredients, I'd love to know your combination.
***My oven bakes warm and at the shortest time. I've had some feedback that taking them out at 15 minutes they were crumbly. So I suggest baking them for up to 10 minutes longer with foil covering them. It's really dependent on your oven. My apologies!