Since I am working on losing my extra love fat from having 5 children I am on the hunt for some yummy healthy snacks. I came across this recipe the other day and it is so tasty the hubby asked me to make it again for the second time this week. The granola bars call for brown sugar and honey which I intend to cut back on. Along with replacing the all purpose flour to wheat flour. This will help cut back on the unhealthy parts.
I had a couple of mini helpers who requested chocolate chips instead of the raisins. Who can say no to such cuties?! The first time I made them with raisins. They were really good, but in my book chocolate is the bomb. I can’t believe I just said bomb. What a dork! Next time, I would mix the chips into the bowl instead of placing on the top. They don’t melt enough to really stay on the bars afterwards.
I think these would be great if you make them and put them into the freezer. I don’t know if it would work well or not, but how handy it would be to have a bag ready to go. The girls enjoyed helping me make these. It was a wonderful way to spend some one on one time with the two little ones. Sometimes life is so crazy around here I forget to stop and take it all in. I had a ton of fun teaching them and walking them through each step. Ruth did a great job mixing while Jadis poured the stuff into the bowl. I still needed to keep a close eye on both of the girls because they love to taste the mix!
It doesn’t take too long to put it all together. I would say 10 minutes to make and 30-35 to bake. I like to make a dinner and as soon as I get it on the table place the dessert in the oven. That way as soon as we are done eating we can enjoy a fresh dessert after dinner. I love food, but I really love dessert!
- 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) I put chocolate chips on mine
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 inch baking pan.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven. 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.