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Im 30 yrs old very happy married to a wonderful man (Nathan) i have a 7yr old son (Lochlan) and one on the way! We live in a town called Davistown. Im an aussie that use to live in the states! But have recently returned back to Australia! And im VERY passionate about cooking and my family!

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Homemade Granola Bars


Ok so today my son had a mate over and it was last minute so i wanted them to have something healthy to snack on! Being that i didnt want to make and bake cookies....as i was already going to be making bread i decided granola bars it is! Now lets just say i have NEVER made granola bars before but i knew pretty much what they were made up with in my mind? That make sense to you? It does to me lol... So headed to the cupboards and pantry and away i went! I came back with;
Oats
Honey
Wheat Germ
Flaxseed Meal
Crasins
Homemade Butter
Dark ChocChips
Vanilla Extract
Crushed Raw Almonds
Homemade Peanut Butter
And there you have it! Those are the ingredients to these DELISH granola bars! Now for the recipe!

~Kira's Homemade Granola Bars~
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup of honey
1/4 butter (melted)
1/2 of sucanat
1 1/2 cups of oats
1/4 cup of crasins
1/3 cup of wheat germ
1/2 cups of dark/milk chocolate chips
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1/4 cup crush raw almonds

In a mixing bowl combine the sucanat, peanut butter, honey, melted butter and vanilla. Stir remainder of your ingredients into the wet mixture. Press the mixture into your baking dish that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray :) Bake these beauties in a preheated oven at 360'F for 15-20mins or until the edges are browned. When done you will want to let them cool completely on a wire rack, when cooled the them into bars.
Depending how chunky you want these babies depends on the size of the baking dish you use. As you can see i used a deeper dish so my first batch are thicker then i had expected! But this recipe would work well spread out very thinly and baked till crispy! When cooled break into pieces and serve in a bowl with cold milk for breakfast! This recipe will most definately make some chewy lace style cookies!
Next time i will add different nuts maybe pretzel bits and different dried fruits :)