If you’ve read my other recipes you know I like to try different things and I like to switch it up to make things my own.
I got this recipe from another baker years ago. I instantly adjusted it to accommodate my peanut sensitivity. It turned out perfect and I was so happy to be able to enjoy homemade granola bars (she called them health bars) which to me tasted closer to candy.
Several years after getting this recipe I met a wonderful man and we were going on an adventure day, so I told him I would make snacks to bring along. I packed an entire batch of these granola bars and my pumpkin scones. If I wasn’t sure of his feeling prior I sure knew them after he discovered I could bake! He exclaimed over the granola bars and the pumpkin scones. These have become must haves in our house. If the granola bar stash is running low, he gently reminds me of how much he enjoys them in his lunch.
I love how easy they are to make. I don’t have tonnes of time for fussy recipes. It is simple and easy to make a batch of these and then have the bars in the freezer ready for lunches or snacks.
Now before we get started, yes I know and have heard all the negatives about corn syrup and I have had many judged looks at the mention of this ingredient. I have tried honey, it is not the same. I put a little less than what is called for, but I also think compaired to what is in some packaged bars out there, I am okay with a small amount of corn syrup. If you are anti corn syrup then please by all means go to aisle 10 (some stores may be numbered different) at your local grocery store and buy a box of which ever flavor your choose and do not read further. For the rest of you, seriously this is the best granola bar ever!
Cate’s Granola Bars
4 Cups oatmeal
1/2 cup flax seed
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
5 Tablespoons wheat germ
4 Tablespoons Hemp seed
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
3/4 cups corn syrup (I measure on the low side)
3/4 cup margarine (can use butter but then they are crunchy not chewy)
1 Tablespoon vanilla
Mix A, then B. Combine
Spread and press onto a greased cookie sheet
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes
Cool and cut into bars
I then individually wrap mine and put them in the freezer.
There you have it a simple granola bar, the recipe is easy to modify, use cranberries instead of raisins, use less chocolate chips and put in coconut or more berries.
Do you have a favorite granola bar? What flavor would you like to have added?
Let me know how your batch turns out!!