About a month ago I decided I was going to make more of my kids snacks. I was spending a bundle on granola bars every week. I insisted that they had to eat a healthy kind since they devour so many, so that meant a lot of money shoveled into the hands of granola bar makers that could, instead, be residing in my wallet.
SO, the search began. I found a recipe easily but it took a few tries to get it just right. But today's batch was divine. So I thought the only fair thing was to share the love.
Behold, the Granola Bar.
- 3 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup crisp brown rice (can use regular rice krispies)
- 1/3 cup milled flax seed
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 2/3 cup chopped dates
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9x13 inch pan.
- In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients as they appear. Mix the dry ingredients quickly before starting to add wet.
- Firmly press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. After removing from oven use a spatula or other firm object to press bars into pan again. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing cutting and serving.
And, if you needed proof of just how delicious these bars are, check out the happy customers...
Oh, and I also found this little gem of a recipe. It's originally found on the back of the Hodgson Mills milled flax seed box.