Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

In general, I try to cook and eat healthy.  Over the past couple of years I have been slowly switching over to more homemade things (more recipes to come) in order to reduce the amount of processed food we are eating.  My family has not always appreciated my efforts to change up their snacks!  I have experiemented with several granola bar recipes and this is a family favorite.  The kids love them and I feel like they are getting a healthy serving of whole grains with the oatmeal.  You can change up the recipe by adding your favorite nuts, raisins or dried fruit.  I found it was easier to remove them from the pan if you cut them in square pieces.  There will be loose granola pieces left on the bottom, I scoop it out and put it in a separate covered bowl and use as toppers for yogurt or it can be eaten as cereal.

The other day teen daughter said she had a store bought granola bar that was served as a snack at her tennis match and she said it tasted artificial!  So I am making progress on my quest to get my girls to buy into these healthy foods!

~Jen

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Here is the link if you want a printable copy.  Below I shared some pictures of how my granola bars turned out.

http://weelicious.com/2011/09/06/chocolate-chip-granola-bars/

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips*
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey

Preparation

         1. Preheat oven to 325 F.

         2. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a bowl. (If you look closely you can see me in the bowl! 🙂 I guess I need to get a new bowl for my food photo shoots!)

IMG_27473. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.

IMG_27464. Pour the wet ingredients over the oat mixture and stir to combine.

5. Place granola mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet and shape into a rectangle, about 13 x 9 x 1 inch thick. (I forgot to use the parchment on this batch and they stuck to the bottom more than usual, so I would definitely use the parchment paper.)

IMG_27486. Bake for 40 minutes.

 7. Allow to cool completely then cut into 3 x 1 inch bars.**

IMG_2754* You can substitute raisins or other dried fruit for the chocolate chips.

** Individually wrapped, the bars will remain fresh for several weeks.

Comments

  1. Jules and Jen says:

    Sounds great! Can’t wait to try them!!