Sunday, March 21, 2010

Granola Bars


I made these last week.  I was looking through some old recipes that I had used a couple of years ago and came across this one.  I remembered it being yummy, so thought I'd try it again.  It's not super-healthy, but it definitely has some healthy components.
Here's the original recipe (my changes are noted at the beginning) and some photos of the steps I took...


I used raw honey with bee pollen, extra-virgin olive oil, natural peanut butter (the kind with nothing but peanuts added), evaporated cane juice instead of brown sugar and I used all semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of a mixture of peanut butter chips and semi-sweet chips.  Oh, and I also added some unsweetened coconut.
Peanut Butter Granola Mini Bars

SERVINGS: 36

TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients:

1/2 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 egg
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup peanut butter chips
1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

In a large bowl, beat the peanut butter, honey, egg, oil and vanilla until blended. Combine the oats, brown sugar and salt; add to the peanut butter mixture and mix well. Stir in chips. (Batter will be sticky.)
Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 3 dozen. 


Peanut butter, honey, egg, vanilla and oil

Added the evaporated cane juice

Added the oats and Celtic sea salt

I also added some unsweetened coconut

Dumped it all into a 13x9 glass baking dish that I had sprayed with olive oil and lined with a parchment sling

Patted it all down before popping it into the oven

Removed it from the oven and allowed to cool and set

Cut into bars and voila!!

2 comments:

  1. These look outstanding. I would use the Sun Butter instead of peanut butter as my son is allergic to peanuts. I would also use a different chip than the peanut butter chips. Instead of honey I would use agave nectar. I love granola bars.

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  2. Risa,
    I'm sure sun butter would work perfectly in these. I was considering using agave, but decided to try the raw honey with bee pollen. I will probably use agave next time. I agree with you about the peanut butter chips. I've never used them in this recipe as I feel that chocolate compliments the peanut butter in the recipe. I have used the Hershey 50% cocoa chips and they were wonderful in these!
    Thanks for the comment :-)

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