As the parent of a child with nut allergies, it is quite difficult to find granola bars that do not have nuts or traces of nuts. We did find a brand of organic granola bars that we really liked, however we began spending $12- $15 per week on granola bars alone! So as the old saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention”, I decided to make my own granola bars and found a basic recipe that I tweaked to satisfy my kids...not really invention, but you get my point :-). You can substitute the raisins / cranberries with other dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, sunflower seeds, etc.
- 3 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant oats!)
- 1 cup Rice Crispy cereal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup dried cranberries (my kids love the pomegranate or apple juice infused cranberries from Whole Foods. Yummy!)
- Preheat oven to 325 F. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch pan.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, vanilla, butter, honey and brown sugar. Stir in the raisins and cranberries.
- Lightly press the granola mixture into the greased pan. Bake at 325 F for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the granola to cool for 10 minutes then cut into bars. Chilling a little while (~20-30 minutes) in the refrigerator will allow the bars to be less gooey and keep their shape, but if you have little ones eager to eat them, the bars may not make it to the fridge!
- If you do not want to cut into bars, you can place the granola in a container and use as toppings for yogurt or to eat as a snack by itself.
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