Monday, February 22, 2010

Homemade Granola Bars

These are so yummy. I wanted to go all "mommy blog" and take pictures as I made these last night, but I was just too darn tired. So all you get is the recipe.

The "glue":

2/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup extra crunchy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

Bring to a simmer, stirring almost-constantly. Then pour the glue over:

2 cups whole oats
1 cup rice krispies (or similar)
1/4 cup flax seed meal
3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup crushed almonds

Stir well, make sure all of the dry ingredients are well mixed and well coated. Line a 9 x 13" pan with waxed paper, and press the gooey mixture into the pan. Make sure to compact it good, I use a second sheet of waxed paper over the top. Sprinkle a few carob or mini chocolate chips on top as well and press them into the granola bars for a little extra treat. Let the bars cool completely (I usually refrigerate them overnight, but it really doesn't take that long, a couple hours will do), then cut into bars. You can individually wrap them or just store them in the fridge. I imagine they'd keep for at least a couple of weeks, but they never last that long at our house! Makes 18-20 bars.

These are calorically dense, so keep that in mind. They make a great pre-workout fuel or mid morning snack, just only have one (that's the hard part for me!) They're about 180 calories each, but very healthy!


Ingrid said...

Today is "in the kitchen day" and I have some puffed millet cereal that no one likes (not even me), so I am going to use that in place of the rice krispies and make myself a batch of these buggers. If the kids like them, they will become a lunch-box staple!

Ingrid said...

DANG GOOD! They won't last long here either! I used 1/2 peanut butter and 1/2 almond butter. I didn't have sunflower seeds so I used sesame seeds. And I substituted millet for the rice-- it is delish! I know they'll be good the "right way," also, with variations. THANKS!

Ingrid said...

Hey, me again! Any idea of an approximate protein-content of these babies? Mmm mm!

Gina said...

Yum! I am hooked after my half bar tonight! Can't wait to make them!