Hearty Homemade Granola Bars

Finally! I found a granola bar recipe that is baked, yet chewy; is thick, but not dense; is delicous but super easy. I’ve grown to hate store bought granola and granola bars… Since I’ve started making everything at home, a lot of store bought things taste sugary and fake. There is nothing like homemade, no matter what.

This recipe is super customizable. I used a rediculous variety of fruits and nuts because I’ve been stocking up on that stuff lately, really for no reason in particular actually. I used dried cranberries, currants and strawberries, almonds, walnuts, pecans, coconut and chocolate chips. If you had just two things to put in these bars they would be just as, if not more, delicious, and maybe more cohesive? I just got too excited I think.

Warning: these are quite filling!

Hearty Granola Bars
2 cups rolled oats, 1/3 cup ground into oat flour (just put 1/3 cup in a blender or food processor)
1/3 cup sugar (In the future I may completely eliminate this, they were plenty sweet)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2-2 1/2 cups mix of nuts, dried fruit, coconut, pretzels, chocolate etc…
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
6 Tbsp butter or margerine
1/4 cup honey, agave or maple syrup
1 Tbsp water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line and spray an 8 x 8 pan.

Combine the dry ingredients and set them aside.

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On the stove top or in the microwave melt together the peanut butter, butter or margerine, vanilla, honey/agave/maple syrup and water. Do not boil! Just heat it enough to melt everything together.

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Combine the dry and wet ingredients and pack it all into the lined pan.

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Bake 30-35 minutes until the edges are brown. Allow it to cool completely! I put mine in the freezer for an hour before cutting.

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Cut into bars of whatever size you choose, I made 8 large bars.

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So much granola… So sleepy…

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And a P.S.: I am slowly begining to advertise my own baked goods catering service! Mostly targeting small meetings, events and get togethers. It is, maybe obviously, called Oh Dear Bakery.

If you are in the Ann Arbor area and need bakery items – cookies, muffins, breads etc… – or know someone with an event coming up, please encourage them to contact me at ohdearbakery@gmail.com for a full list of treats. A big focus of Oh Dear Bakery is also on waste reduction; no plastic or aluminum disposable trays.

Ann Arbor has a wonderful focus on local, eco friendly business, I hope that people will choose high quality, local goods over national chain products. Thanks so much to all of you for passing along the news of my new adventures into catering!

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