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Homemade Granola Bars + Post #200

September 13, 2012

This is Post #200!

These are the best granola bars I’ve ever made because they didn’t fall apart! Now that I’ve got a good base recipe, it will be fun to make different flavored bars. This time I used a combination of peanut butter and chocolate chips, but next time I would like to add some nuts and dried fruit. These are a cinch to make–I’ve made them twice in the last week. Keep them in an airtight container and they will keep for about a week. If they start to harden, microwave them for about 10 seconds before eating and they will soften right up.

Ingredients:

4 cups old fashioned oats

¼ cup whole wheat flour

1 scoop (about .8oz) Whey Protein Powder, Natural Flavor (vanilla or chocolate could work too–but could make the bars too sweet)

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 cups peanut butter chips (or 1 cup each of peanut butter and chocolate chips)

½ tsp kosher salt

½ cup canola oil

1 tsp vanilla

½ cup honey or agave (or combination of both)

Preheat oven to 325 F. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, protein powder, brown sugar, chips and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, vanilla and honey/agave. Pour the wet ingredients over the oat mixture and stir to combine. Place granola mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet and shape into a rectangle, about 13 x 9 x 1 inch thick. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes then cut into bars*.

*If you cut into 4×2 inch bars, there is roughly 9g of protein in each bar.
This recipe comes from a friend, who got it from her friend–sorry I don’t have the original source.
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