Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Playgroup Granola Bars

I like making things that I think the kids will enjoy... and then I like eating it all - by - myself. Yes, I did it again. These are really good! Ok, I did share some of them with the kids, but for a quick snack, these are great! I struggle with having the munchies all day long, but nothing "healthy" to munch on; I have to say, these are the cure!

The Menu:
Playgroup Granola Bars

The Original Recipe:
I found these on Babycenter Cooking for Your Family board. They are delish! Sort of Chewy, yet firm..

Playgroup Granola Bars

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.

The Way I Made It My Own:
I changed a few things. I think, next time I make them, I will change more. I will add Peanut Butter and possibly leave out the egg. It would taste good with chocolate chips, too.

Playgroup Granola Bars


2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup cranberries(optional)
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.



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