These granola bars are yummy, natural, inexpensive, and easy to make-- a winner all around! I make a batch of these about once a week, and my husband takes them to work in his lunch and the girls and I snack on them. When my mother comes to watch the kids for a while, she sneaks a few bites. They're not too sweet, but are sweet enough to taste like a treat. Also, there's lots of room for customization, depending on the kind of chunky thing you like!
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9"x13" baking pan.
Combine dry ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 tablespoons flax seed (optional)
1 cup 'chunky' ingredients (I usually use raisins, dried cranberries, or cinnamon chips. Consider chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, or other dried fruit)
Add wet ingredients:
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup oil (I use canola. Consider coconut.)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Stir together until mixed. If mixture seems obviously dry, add a touch more oil. Dump mixture into baking pan. Use hands to mash flat and even into pan. Bake for 23-25 minutes. Allow to cool for approximately 15-20 minutes, then, using a pizza cutter, cut into desired size. Do not allow to cool completely, or they will be more difficult to cut cleanly. Store in an airtight container on counter for 7-10 days.
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