Thought I’d share a recipe I’ve been using for the last year or so after experimenting with various granola bar recipes. Jonas likes granola bars, but most of the store bought ones are pretty unhealthy. We love the Kashi bars, but they’re so expensive, and I can’t justify buying them unless they’re on a good sale. So anyway, here’s my pretty-healthy recipe, heavily modified from this recipe.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut (not the sweetened kind that you use for German Choco frosting, just plain)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit (we also like cranberries and cherries)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the first nine ingredients. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. It will fill about 3/4 of the pan.
- Bake for about 30 minutes until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. I usually take mine out after 28 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.