If you haven't made granola bars before, you definitely should as these are delicious!! I saw these over at The Bird's Papaya and knew I had to try them.
This easy recipe is from allrecipes.com (though tweaked a little) and makes a 9 x 13 pan which I cut into 18 bars ... actually 17 bars if you take into account the one I ate for "quality control" purposes - YUM!
These granola bars take only about 5 minutes of prep time and best if all, there are no preservatives or additives in them like the bought ones. Next time I make them, I think I will try adding dried cranberries instead of the chocolate chips just for variety.
Chewy Homemade Granola Bars
4 1/2 c rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract (I used artificial)
5/6 c margarine or butter (essentially just a bit shy of a whole cup)
1/3 c brown sugar
3/4 c honey
2 c mini chocolate chips (I used 1 c of reg. chocolate chips)
- Heat oven to 325 degrees.
- Mix margarine with the sugar.
- Add in the baking soda, honey, vanilla extract together.
- Add in the flour, oats and stir to coat evenly.
- Add chocolate chips.
Press mixture into a greased 9x13 pan and bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden ... remove and cut into bars but wait until they are completely cooled before removing them from the pan.
- Kristin -