This recipe produces delicious, versatile granola bars that are perfect for breakfast on the go, as an after-school snack, or something to take on a picnic. The rolled oats, nuts, seeds, butter, peanut butter, honey, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla add the perfect blend of flavor and texture, while the dried fruits and chocolate chips add a nice sweet touch. The result is a bar that is crunchy, sweet, and delicious.
Making granola bars is an easy and straightforward process, and a great way to make a healthy and hearty snack.
HOW TO MAKE:
- The first step is to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Then, in a large bowl, you combine the oats, nuts, and seeds, and spread them onto a parchment paper- or silicone baking mat-lined pan in an even layer.
- Bake the mixture for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.
- Once the ingredients are golden brown, empty the contents of the bowl back into the bowl.
- Next, lower the resting temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8×8- or 9×9-inch pan with parchment paper, leaving enough to hang over the edges.
- In a separate bowl, place the butter, peanut butter, honey, and brown sugar and heat in the microwave or over medium heat until the butter has melted.
- Then, stir in the salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
- Pour this mixture into the bowl with the oats and mix until everything is evenly moistened.
- Finally, fold in the dried fruits and chocolate chips.
- Transfer the mixture into the lined pan, pressing down evenly and firmly for about 1 minute, and then bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
- Once the bars have cooled to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours before cutting into bars.
- These bars will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For the crispiest bars, store them in the refrigerator.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can I double the recipe?
A: Absolutely! The recipe can easily be doubled and used in a 9×13-inch pan. The baking time may be slightly longer when using a larger pan; bake until the bars are golden brown.
Q: How should I store the granola bars?
A: To store your homemade granola bars, put them in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature for up to a week. For the crunchiest results, store them in the fridge.
Q: Can I substitute the ingredients?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to make substitutions for the nuts and seeds, butter, peanut butter, honey, brown sugar, and dried fruits. Experiment with different flavors and textures to find the perfect mix for you.