Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chewy PB Chocolate covered Raisin Granola Bars

Last week Megan shared this recipe that she found from Passionate About Baking. Now, I don't know how I had never seen her before, but I am so happy that Megan pointed me in that direction! With trying to be healthier and sounding like these were delish, we set out to make them. You can substitute any flavors that you like, so I just went with what I had on hand, so I wouldn't have to make an extra trip to the store. I chose peanut butter, chocolate covered raisin. I wasn't sure how they would turn out, but they turned out pretty tasty. The hubby liked them and the kids gobbled them up.

Thick and Chewy Granola Bars

1 2/3 cups quick rolled oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup oat flour (or 1/3 cup oats, processed till finely ground in a food processor or blender)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 to 3 cups dried fruits and nuts
1/3 cup peanut butter6 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 tablespoon water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 7″ x 11″ x 2″ pan in one direction with parchment paper, allowing it to go up the opposing sides. Lightly grease the parchment paper and the exposed pan, or coat with a non-stick spray.

Stir together all the dry ingredients, including the fruit and nuts. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla, melted butter, syrup or honey, and water. Toss the wet ingredients with the dry until the mixture is evenly crumbly. Spread in the prepared pan, pressing them in firmly to ensure they are molded to the shape of the pan.

Bake the bars for 30 to 40 minutes, until they’re brown around the edges — don’t be afraid to get a little color on them. They’ll still seem soft and almost under baked in the center when you take them out but do not worry, they’ll set completely once they cool.

Cool the bars in their pan completely on a cooling rack. (Alternately, after about 20 minutes you can use your parchment “sling” to lift and remove the bars, and place them in their paper on the rack to cool the rest of the way.)

Once cool, a serrated knife (or bench knife) to cut the bars into squares. To store, wrap the bars individually in plastic or stack them in an airtight container. In humid weather, it’s best to store bars in the refrigerator. They also freeze well.

14 comments:

Kat said...

These look great. I love making homemade granola

Redbonegirl97 said...

My good friend will love this. She always has plenty of granola around the house.

Tiffany
http://liferequiresmorechocolate.blogspot.com

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm sure I'd love them with chocolate covered raisins too!

Kasha said...

These look so delicious and even better that they are a healthy treat! Thanks for sharing!

Bethie said...

Chocolate covered raisins! OMGOSH girl, you are killing me. Were they the DARK chocolate covered ones.Mmmmmmm.......send me one.

Jamie said I can have chickens!

Simply Sara said...

Your desserts look awesome! I love the photos. I don't bake nor allow myself to indulge very often but I like to come to your blog and "browse." what a treat!

Megan said...

I'm glad you liked them too! I'm ready to make a second batch. The first batch went quickly!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love granola bars!

Jillian said...

I love anything made with oatmeal!

微笑每一天 said...

I love readding, and thanks for your artical. ........................................

Ingrid said...

I'm liking all the healthy(ier) recipes you've been passing along!


Btw, it's been a week...everything okay? :)Hope so!
~ingrid

Lisa said...

I am sending your site to my mom. Granola is one thing she has been working on lately, I'm sure I can convince her to make these.

Valerie said...

It looks really good. Wish I had time to make this for my son before he goes camping tomorrow!

By the way, you mentioned that they don't sell cinnamon chips out there. If you ever would like to try them, let me know and I can send some to you.

Mama Campbell said...

mmm. looks so delish!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chewy PB Chocolate covered Raisin Granola Bars

Last week Megan shared this recipe that she found from Passionate About Baking. Now, I don't know how I had never seen her before, but I am so happy that Megan pointed me in that direction! With trying to be healthier and sounding like these were delish, we set out to make them. You can substitute any flavors that you like, so I just went with what I had on hand, so I wouldn't have to make an extra trip to the store. I chose peanut butter, chocolate covered raisin. I wasn't sure how they would turn out, but they turned out pretty tasty. The hubby liked them and the kids gobbled them up.

Thick and Chewy Granola Bars

1 2/3 cups quick rolled oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup oat flour (or 1/3 cup oats, processed till finely ground in a food processor or blender)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 to 3 cups dried fruits and nuts
1/3 cup peanut butter6 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 tablespoon water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 7″ x 11″ x 2″ pan in one direction with parchment paper, allowing it to go up the opposing sides. Lightly grease the parchment paper and the exposed pan, or coat with a non-stick spray.

Stir together all the dry ingredients, including the fruit and nuts. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla, melted butter, syrup or honey, and water. Toss the wet ingredients with the dry until the mixture is evenly crumbly. Spread in the prepared pan, pressing them in firmly to ensure they are molded to the shape of the pan.

Bake the bars for 30 to 40 minutes, until they’re brown around the edges — don’t be afraid to get a little color on them. They’ll still seem soft and almost under baked in the center when you take them out but do not worry, they’ll set completely once they cool.

Cool the bars in their pan completely on a cooling rack. (Alternately, after about 20 minutes you can use your parchment “sling” to lift and remove the bars, and place them in their paper on the rack to cool the rest of the way.)

Once cool, a serrated knife (or bench knife) to cut the bars into squares. To store, wrap the bars individually in plastic or stack them in an airtight container. In humid weather, it’s best to store bars in the refrigerator. They also freeze well.

14 comments:

Kat said...

These look great. I love making homemade granola

Redbonegirl97 said...

My good friend will love this. She always has plenty of granola around the house.

Tiffany
http://liferequiresmorechocolate.blogspot.com

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm sure I'd love them with chocolate covered raisins too!

Kasha said...

These look so delicious and even better that they are a healthy treat! Thanks for sharing!

Bethie said...

Chocolate covered raisins! OMGOSH girl, you are killing me. Were they the DARK chocolate covered ones.Mmmmmmm.......send me one.

Jamie said I can have chickens!

Simply Sara said...

Your desserts look awesome! I love the photos. I don't bake nor allow myself to indulge very often but I like to come to your blog and "browse." what a treat!

Megan said...

I'm glad you liked them too! I'm ready to make a second batch. The first batch went quickly!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love granola bars!

Jillian said...

I love anything made with oatmeal!

微笑每一天 said...

I love readding, and thanks for your artical. ........................................

Ingrid said...

I'm liking all the healthy(ier) recipes you've been passing along!


Btw, it's been a week...everything okay? :)Hope so!
~ingrid

Lisa said...

I am sending your site to my mom. Granola is one thing she has been working on lately, I'm sure I can convince her to make these.

Valerie said...

It looks really good. Wish I had time to make this for my son before he goes camping tomorrow!

By the way, you mentioned that they don't sell cinnamon chips out there. If you ever would like to try them, let me know and I can send some to you.

Mama Campbell said...

mmm. looks so delish!!