Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Granola Bars


Today, I made some granola bars.  These granola bars are great for a quick breakfast, snack, or lunch treat.  They have lots of goodness baked in them -  oatmeal, dried cherries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and wheat germ.  These granola bars have a nice chewy nutty texture to them.

In addition to tasting good, you are getting  antioxidants, folic acid, Vitamin E, and zinc. Just to name a few  good minerals and vitamins for your body.





                                                    


Granola Bars



Ingredients:
1-cup flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼-teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ cups quick cooking oats
1 cup puffed brown rice cereal
½ cup toasted wheat germ
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup hulled pumpkin seeds
1 cup chopped dried cherries
½ cup butter at room temperature
1-cup pack brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup honey
1-teaspoon vanilla extract



Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
2. Whisk together the flour, backing powder, salt and ground cinnamon in a medium-mixing bowl.
3. In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, puffed brown rice cereal, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and dried cherries.  Stir well .
4. In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and the sugars.
5. Add the egg to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
6. Add the honey and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
7. Add the flour mixture to the butter a little at a time mixing well.
8. Stir in the nut and fruit mixture. Stir until combined.
9.  Press the mixture into the prepared pan.
10. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until the top is  lightly brown and set.
11.  Cool and cut into bars.


Yields 24 bars



Ready for Oven

Out Of Oven





6 comments:

  1. Yum! I keep meaning to make some granola bars - perhaps I should try this recipe. They look delicious!

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    1. Ruth, Thank you for the nice comment. These granola bars are a family favorite - even with the kids.

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  2. These look wonderful, Geri. So much better than anything you could buy prepackaged...and I love all your additions!

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    1. LIzzy, Thank you so much for the kind comment. The additions add great flavor and texture to the bars. Have a great day:-) Geri

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    1. Jay, Thanks for the comment. They are delicious:) Have a great weekend. Geri

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