Granola Bars

Yomtovim are over and now school is in full swing. I remember being in school and either not having time for breakfast or wanting a healthier filling snack. Well here is one great one that fills both wants. Homemade granola Bars!
There are nuts, seeds, and quinoa in these bars which make it jam packed full of protein making them a filling bite.
One great idea to help things go more smoothly in the mornings would be to make these granola bars in the beginning of the week and then breakfast is made for the week. This is a “grab and go” type of meal (or snack) also which is great for a late start – for kids or for yourselves.
This recipe isn’t just a great snack or breakfast but could be served as a healthier dessert as well.

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These Bars were actually tested over the summer when I was working in a sleep away camp and did a cooking demo with this recipe. After the summer the campers sent me picture after picture of them making the bars for them and their family. Not only is it kid approved but easy enough for them to make it or help make it as well.

So shout out to all those campers ( you know who you are).

Note: The fun thing with this recipe is the ability to play around. As long as the proportions match up it does not matter what you put into the bars. For example, if I wanted to add in corn flakes to the bars I would add in 1 cup of corn flakes and then only 2 cups of oats and 1 or rice crispies. This goes the other way as well if you do not want a certain ingredient in the bars then omit it and just add more of another ingredient.

** for the add ins my favorite combination is 1/3 C. quinoa, 1/3 C. coconut, 1/3 C. slivered almonds

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Granola Bars:

Yield: 12 bars (or 24 squares)

2 1/2 C. Whole Oats (quick oats will work as well)

1 1/2 C. Rice Crispies (or the equivalent)

1 C. of add ins (almonds, quinoa, coconut, corn flakes, dried fruit (more rice crispies or oats) etc.)

2/3 C. Brown Sugar

1/2 C. Honey

1/4 C. Oil

1/4 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 – 1 C. Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

Combine the oatmeal, rice crispies and other add-ins. Spread over a baking sheet (should be a THIN layer. Use two baking sheets if it is thick)

Toast in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until ingredients are lightly browned.

In a pot combine the honey, oil, brown sugar and cinnamon. Heat over a low-medium heat stirring often until everything is melted into a thick syrup.

Pour the syrup over the toasted dry ingredients and mix.

Pour into a 9×13 pan, spread and press down (use a spatula because it will be hot).

Let cool for 15 minutes. Cut into bars.

**Note: to make regular granola do not press the ingredients down and just let them cool clumped.

 

 

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