This morning I woke up in the mood to do some experimenting in the kitchen. I am a huge granola fan, but I usually steer clear of it because most granola is so packed with oil and sugar. I always see it listed in those “Healthy Foods That Make You Fat” articles, which is kind of a turn off. Sorry granola.
I decided to make my own healthier version of it. I started Googling around, and in my searching I stumbled across a delicious-looking recipe for granola bars from AllRecipes.com. This sounded even better to me. I was planning on sprinkling the granola on top of Greek yogurt this week, and I figured I could do the same with crumbled up granola bars.
After a little grocery shopping action I got down to business. I ended up modifying the AllRecipes granola bar recipe quite a bit. I halved the brown sugar and the oil, and added applesauce and peanut butter. I also put in semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of raisins, and coarse sea salt instead of regular table salt. They turned out amazingly. Even Andrew raved on about them. The overall flavour was sweet, but sometimes you would get a surprise burst of saltiness in your mouth when you came across a grain of coarse sea salt, which I really liked (if that doesn’t sound like something you’d like, use regular salt). I thought they had the perfect combination of flavours.
I will totally make these again, and I love that they are so versatile. I’m pretty sure you could add anything you wanted to these and they would work out.
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This is the recipe I ended up using:
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Make a well in the centre and pour your wet ingredients into it, like a volcano. Mix well using your hands.
3. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm.
Pretty darn delicious looking, oui? We had already eaten a couple of them by this point… They are actually quite big, so I cut them all in half again to make granola “squares”.