Monday, July 14, 2008

In preparation for a few camping/hiking trips coming up for us and looking on the backs of granola bar boxes, (most are glorified candy bars filled with artificial flavors, colors and high fructose corn syrup)
I decided to see how easy it would be to make my own. I just grabbed this recipe off the net and added my own twists. The one on the left is chocolate chip with Reese's pieces and the one on the right is dried blueberries.

Let me know if you try it or if you have an even better recipe. I'd like to experiment with different mix-ins. Such as cinnamon and dried apples or peanut butter with raisins (PB&J). Here's the core of the recipe:

2 1/2 cups Oatmeal (instant or old-fashioned)
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (adds Omega 3)
1/2 cup chopped peanuts (because they were in my cabinet)

the original recipe also called for this, but I didn't like or have it so add it if you want:
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds

Take the dry ingredients and cook them in a 300* preheated oven for about 18-25 minutes (the longer the crunchier), stirring occasionally. Just this creates a yummy warm, nutty smell in your house! Then on the stove combine these ingredients and bring to a gentle simmer:

4 Tblsp butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey

Pull out the dry ingredients and this is where you get creative. Add the ingredients that make the bar you want. The original recipe called for 2 teaspoons of vanilla to be added to the wet ingredients at this time, but I forgot. I don't think it affected the outcome of the bars, especially the chocolate one. Anyway combine the dry and wet ingredients until evenly coated and spread out onto a waxed/parchment paper lined cookie sheet or pan. (the smaller the pan, the thicker the bars.) Lay another piece of waxed paper on top and compress with a rolling pin. While the bars are still pretty warm (or the paper sticks really bad) flip them out of the pan/cookie sheet and let them cool and dry. Once they're fairly cooled, cut and package them. Using a 9x12 cookie sheet, I got 24 bars (roughly the same size and shape of a store bought bar).

These are so yummy, I don't know if they will last for our trips!


amber said...

oh, so using this soon as I have someplace to make it!

Carrie said...

What a great idea!!! I'm finding by not buying the boxed junk food at the stores and making our own, it seems to taste better, is better for ya and saves lots of money. I'm going to give the recipe to Ashlee to make it with the child she's babysitting for the summer.

Rachel Melone said...

Way to go Cortney! Let's get together and make some stuff!!! I can't seem to find the energy to do it alone. haha!

Our Happenin's said...

OOooh! They look great! (I'm with you on the, who wants to pay the price??) Thanks for the great idea/ recipes:)