Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

We're on a bit of a baking kick. Maybe you've already noticed that since this is my 2nd recipe in a week :)!

I've been trying to find recipes for staples we eat a lot of. I feel like I can make a healthier alternative and save some money at the grocery by making big batches of things we like and/or need.

1st up? Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.

The girls love granola bars, they get that from me...us girls have a lot in common :). Well, Lincoln and I have a lot in common as well if you consider the facts that we both love to sleep and eat every 3 hours.

I'm rambling, stay with me.

Can I just say real quick that the amazingly yummy granola bars we whipped up only had 8 ingredients in them and the regular granola bars that I usually buy at the store have 37. 37! I counted.

That many extra ingredients makes me nervous, my friends.

So I found a recipe that I altered a bit and they turned out wonderful.

Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups of Oats
1 cup of chocolate chips (or raisins, or any other dried fruit)
1 cup nuts, in small pieces (I used regular peanuts, the girls favorite)
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla


Directions:

In a large, ungreased shallow baking pan, toast oats and nuts at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Toss with remaining ingredients and mix well. I melted the butter a tad and waited for that and the oats to cool before I added the Chocolate chips to the mixture...they will melt if you don't wait.

Then spread them out on the baking pan. This shows one batch, it didn't cover the entire pan. I later doubled it and may triple it in the future.


Then I baked it at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (or until it looks light brown around the edges). Let it cool and then cut into bars and store however you like!


I love them. Any kind of granola is always a hit in this house.

So that's it, I promise I won't post every recipe we try :). Or maybe I will. I'll let ya know.

Well I'm off for now, both 2yr olds are in the bathroom and I can hear water running and giggling. That is never a good combination.

Hope you're having a great week!

8 comments:

Bliss and That said...

I will FOR SURE be trying these!! Thanks so much! :)

Stacie@HobbitDoor said...

These sound great! We will definitely be trying them. Granola bars are usually what sustain me through my pregnancies (especially at work). This will save me tons of $. Thanks for trying them and sharing.

Annika said...

they look and sound delish! i hear ya on the 37 ingredients! could you pronounce them all and did you know what they all were? :) Thanks for the recipe!

SnoWhite said...

great recipe! those food labels remind me daily why we make our own food. I'm looking forward to trying this - I'll just up the oats since we can't do nuts here.

Marisa said...

One can never have too many good recipes! We have a granola bar recipe that we really like. I always throw some coconut flakes in with the mix of fruit, chocolate chips and almonds. YUM!

*Ross and Katy* said...

YUM! I'll definitely be trying these. We make your pop-tart recipe all of the time because my little cousin is allergic to everything under the sun. He'll be SO excited about granola bars :)

(he's allergic to milk, soy, nuts AND eggs-and if we make it from scratch I can use the substitutes from the store!)

Sarah said...

YUM!

Ruth Anne said...

I made granola bars this week too! But I like your recipe better because mine calls for corn syrup. :-/ I'll be giving these a go'round for our afternoon snack today!