Playgroup Granola Bars
My girlfriend brought these granola bars over for a playgroup one morning and ever since they've been a staple!
I agree with other reviews that this is a good start or base granola bar recipe. I liked it, but I thought the honey taste overpowered everything else. Sooo the next time I used light corn syrup instead of honey and it was great. I have tried this recipe substituting different dried fruits including dried cranberries, coconut, apples, or raisins, and I have even put a mixture of nuts including unsalted sesame seeds, slivered almonds, or walnuts. Also, I have added mini chocolate chips or drizzled white almond bark over the top when they come out of the oven. I also agree that the cook time is a little long, they do not need to be brown around the edges, that usually means the edge pieces are going to be crunchy while the middle pieces are more chewy; probably around 25-30 minutes is good. Oh and lastly, I don't always put cinnamon in them when it doesn't go with the other ingredients, and I always lessen the salt to 1/2 tsp! Hope everyone enjoys all of the variations you can make with this recipes!!!
This is a great base recipe for granola bars, I do substitute apple sauce for the oil, making them moist. With my son at a "nut free" school I always make my own snacks to send with him. My kids like them made with 1/2 cup of raisins and 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips. I like to add 3/4 cup of dried apricot or dried blueberries. This summer I will try adding trail mix, but I am sure it will work beautifully.
This is a great recipe to play around with. Thank you so much for sharing. Few changes: I added soy protein powder instead of the all purpose flour to make it more protein healthy. Used 2 egg whites and omitted the yolk. Added 1/2 cup mini dark choc chips, 1/2 cup flax seed, 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup raisins. reduced the sugar to 1/4th cup but was still a little on the sweeter side for me. Will reduce that the next time. Also, I baked it for 25 mins and the bars were more on the crunchy side than chewy. May cut down the baking time next time. Overall a great great recipe! Thanks :) Update: These are still super and I make them so often. I reduced the oil to 1/4 cup and add 1/4-1/2 cup of apple sauce and bake only for 18 mins. They are chewy, almost cake-like. We love them. Thank you once again :)
thanks for the wonderful and healthy recipe. i didn't change any thing but i added about 1/4 c of flax seeds, and some seedes like pumpkin and sunflower seeds. as other reviwers said, baking time should be less, but with the 35 min. it was OK. i am sure i will make again with different additions, i used to make Beth's spicy oatmeal cookies but this one is more healthier i think.
Pretty good - I left out the raisings because my son doesn't like them - these did not however make enough to fill a 9x13 pan - I used a 9x9 and cut them into 9 bars - about 1/2 inch thick.
We think these are great. first time made them as directed. Second time used ground flax seed instead of wheat germ and added mini choc. chips and 1/2 cup coconut.
great light flavor and really easy to make.