Wednesday, August 17, 2011
A yummy treat
We love granola bars! After all, what's not to like? They're tasty, portable and you can make them with whatever flavors you like. Here is my recipe for granola bars. They have less sugar and fat than traditional recipes but still hold together well and taste good too! The video that follows shows how to make the granola bars and then a fun and quick gift wrapping idea if you want to brighten someone's day with a few bars. :)
3 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. sliced almonds
1/2 c. ground flax seeds
1/2 c. honey
3 tbls. brown sugar
1-1/2 tbls. unsalted butter
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1-1/2 tbls. light flavored olive oil or canola oil
1/2 c. dried fruit (I use cranberries, cherries and blueberries but whatever you like will work)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x13" baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Toast oats, almonds and flax on a sheet pan for 12-15 minutes, stirring halfway through until lightly browned. Reduce temperature to 300 degrees.
In a microwave safe bowl, combine honey, brown sugar, butter and salt. Heat in microwave until combined (my microwave takes about 2 minutes).
Place the oat mixture in a large bowl and add the honey mixture. Mix until incorporated. Add dried fruit and gently mix again. Pour the granola mixture into the parchment-lined baking pan. Using wet fingers, press firmly into the pan until evenly distributed.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until light, golden brown. Allow to cool for 2-3 hours then cut into 16 bars. Wrap each bar in waxed paper and store in a ziploc bag.