Homemade Granola Bars
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease or use cooking spray on 9x13 in. baking dish.
2. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.
3. Firmly press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 18 minutes until lightly golden brown.
4. Let cool, then cut into bars.
For our first attempt at making these granola bars, I split the base mixture in half and then added butterscotch chips to half and mixed dried fruit to the other half. Then I baked the two batches in smaller baking dishes. One tip is to use a kitchen tool, like this masher, to press down the granola. That compacts the bars and keeps them from crumbling.
Both batches of granola bars tasted great and the kids loved them. They took the bars to school with their snack and gobbled them up. I had one (Okay, okay, I had three - but they were small I swear!) with a cup of coffee for breakfast.
This post is participating in The Nourishing Gourmet's Pennywise Platter and Kelly the Kitchen Kop's Real Food Wednesday recipe swap.