Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Granola Bars

These are yummy and easy, and no preservatives, hydrogenated oils or high fuctose corn syrup!

Takes about 30 minutes from mixing to fresh out of the oven!Makes 18 bars

2 1/2 C rolled or steel cut oats (just not the "quick cooking" kind)
1/2 C whole wheat flour
1/4 C flax sead meal (optional-but adds a ton of fiber)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C dried mixed berries/raisins (coarsly chopped)
1/4 C mini semi sweet morsels (I chopped up regular ones)
1/2 C + 2tbsp Natural Peanut Butter
1/2 C water
2 tsp vanilla
2 large egg whites
1/4 C packed brown sugar

Mix vanilla, eggs, water,brown sugar and peanut butter with mixer.

In a separate bowl, combine all other ingredients.

Wet your hands and press mixture into buttered baking sheet (9x13 size)

Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes.

Turn out onto cutting board (should come out in one big peice). Cut into squares or bars as you wish...I made 18 bars. Yummy! Not as sweet as store bought ones, but my kids love them! (and so do i)


Michelle P said...

These look so good! Can't wait to try it.

Lee Ann said...

I love them! I had everything in the cupboard (except my special outmeal is outrageously expensive compared to your awesome quaker deals and I had to use rice flour) so I thought I'd make some this morning for snack time. Anna wasn't so sure at first (she's my "texture" girl), but she started eating it later. Sarah and I love them. I'm not sure how nutritious they are when I eat half the pan before 2pm, but I'll be making them again.

Delores Gaudet said...

Did you say FIBER? hehehehehe
Now Lee Ann, I'm so impressed that you had all that in your cupboard!

Jenn F said...

I made these this weekend with the kids. They are great for a pretty healthy snack. I admit I do have quite a sweet tooth though so I think next time I'll need to add more chocolate chips or maybe leave out the flax ;). Thanks for posting this Eryn!