Just a few minutes ago, the hubbs said to me “I hope you don’t mind, I’m addicted to these”, as he opened the air tight container and grabbed yet another bar. I of course don’t, seeing as how he isn’t really a cookie man, or cake, or pie. Well he does love chocolate cake with chocolate icing and apple pie (but it has to be cold from the fridge). So something I made other that is cookie like that he wants, I am all over it.
I made The Pioneer Woman’s granola bars a couple of days ago. I did not, however, dip the bottoms in chocolate, like she did. I also only made half the recipe and added in dried cranberries and mini chocolate chips, omitting the almonds.
This recipe is simple, and very adaptable to whatever you want to add to it. They are a chewy yet crunchy granola, which is exactly like we like it.
- 6 cups rolled oats (not quick oats) I used quick oats
- 1/4 cup canola oil I had only veg oil
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for greasing
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup apple juice I didn’t have any so I used water
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract I totally forgot to put this in
- 1 1/2 cups rice cereal I didn’t have any so left it out
- 1 cup wheat germ I used ground flax see
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped almonds
- 8 ounces milk chocolate, melted
*Remember I made only HALF of this recipe!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a bowl, toss the oats with the canola oil, melted butter and salt. Spread the mixture out on 2 baking sheets and toast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, shaking the pan twice and making sure they don’t burn. Remove from the oven and set aside. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F.
In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, apple juice and molasses. Heat the mixture slowly, stirring until all combined. Stir in the vanilla and remove from the heat.
Toss together the toasted oats, rice cereal, wheat germ, pecans and almonds. Pour in the sugar mixture, stirring as you pour. Toss to combine; it will be sticky. *I did not put in the wheat germ, as I do not have any and am trying to avoid wheat, so I added in ground flax seed.
Press into 1 baking sheet (thoroughly greased with butter) and bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut pieces with a sharp knife and remove from the pan. You can cut them while they’re still warm if that’s easier.
*I did not do this part, but sounds yummy! Dip the cooled granola bars straight into the melted chocolate so that the top is plain and the bottom is chocolate-covered. Set on parchment until set, sticking in the fridge to hasten this along if necessary.
Options: adding in sunflowers or pumpkin seeds, using raisins or dried cherries; using peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips.