Chewy Homemade Granola Bars
 
 
INGREDIENTS:
  • 4 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (or white flour)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter – melted
  • ⅔ to ¾ cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
Add-ins…these are some combinations that I’ve liked:
  • Chocolate chip (1 cup) and marshmallows (1 cup) - my kiddo's favorite!!!
  • Chocolate chips (1/2 cup) and peanut butter chips (1/2 cup) - my favorite combo! :)
  • Craisins, coconut, chopped almonds – really good! Add in a ½ tsp of cinnamon with other dry ingredients!
  • Cinnamon and raisins
  • Anything that sounds good. :)
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Mix together the oats, flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in any add-ins.
  2. Melt butter and stir in honey, vanilla and brown sugar.
  3. Pour over oat mixture and mix well. (If the mixture seems too dry, add a little more honey.)
  4. Press mixture into cookie sheet (or just a 9x13 inch pan if you want really thick bars).
  5. Press down FIRMLY!
  6. Bake at 325 for 18-22 minutes (less time for thinner bars, more time for thicker bars).
  7. I press my bars down again after I take them out of the oven with a spatula.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes in pan, and cut into bars.
  9. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing.
NOTES:
You can wrap them individually or place in an airtight container. They also store well in the freezer. They actually taste pretty good frozen too!
Recipe by Prepared Housewives at http://prepared-housewives.com/chewy-homemade-granola-bars-another-reason-to-store-oats/