Granola Bars are one of my favorite snacks to have around. They are healthy yet, feel like a treat at the same time. I have tried tons of different recipes but keep coming back to the same one. These babies taste like a cookie in bar form but are full of good-for-you ingredients. They can be enjoyed as a snack, dessert and even breakfast.
I have to give my mom and allrecipes.com credit for this recipe and thank her for introducing it to me. The bars are based on this recipe but since mom makes some excellent substitutions I typed up her version.
- 2 cups quick cooking oats
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ white whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- ¼ cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¾ cup white choc chips
- ¾ cup rice krispies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, and spray with vegetable oil spray.
- In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, cranberries, wheat germ, salt, cinnamon, white chocolate chips, rice krispies and pecans. In a smaller bowl, thoroughly blend oil, yogurt, honey, egg, and vanilla; pour into the flour mixture, and mix by hand until the liquid is evenly distributed. Press evenly into the prepared baking pan.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are golden. Cool completely in pan before turning out onto a cutting board and cutting into bars.
These bars are so easy to put together and always turn out delicious. In the past, I’ve substituted prune puree for the yogurt and Ener-G egg replacer for the egg, both with great results. This time around, I had a hard time locating wheat germ so I used flax meal instead. It seems like you no matter what you substitute you really can’t mess them up.
Try using raisins with cinnamon chips and walnuts, dried pineapple with shredded coconut and macadamia nuts, or skip the dried fruit and just use all chocolate chips! Whatever tickles your fancy is sure to taste good. And that is exactly the kind of recipe I like to have in my back pocket. Enjoy.