Granola Bars from Good Housekeeping Oct 2009

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Recipe by FitWitch

Came across a clip-out of this recipe in a stack of old papers. I'd always wanted to try making granola bars and just hadn't gotten around to it. Finally did and discovered this is an excellent base recipe - very versatile and accepting of minor tweaks. The bottom portion of my clip-out says Good Housekeeping October 2009. Not sure if there was an article name associated with it, just has a heading of "Granola Bars." Here's what GH had to say about it: "Bake a pan of these snacks and you'll never go back to the boxed stuff. They're super-easy and fun to make with kids. One brand uses almost as many nuts as we do, but a 12-bar box is $30! Our tray of 18 costs only $6 - and it's a whole lot tastier."

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 325 deg F. Spray 13" by 9" metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line pan with foil, with ends extending 2 inches over short sides of pan; spray foil.
  2. 2. In glass pie plate, spread oats; microwave on High, in 1-minute increments, 4 to 5 minutes or until fragrant and golden, stirring occasionally. Cool to room temperature.
  3. 3. In large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, walnuts, cranberries, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in honey, oil, and egg whites until well mixed. Transfer to prepared pan. Using wet hand, press into an even layer.
  4. 4. Bake 32 to 35 minutes or until dark golden. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  5. 5. When cool, use foil to transfer to cutting board. Cut lengthwise into 6 strips, then cut each strip crosswise into thirds. (You should have roughly 4 1/4" by 1 1/2" bars.) Store in tightly sealed container at room temperature up to 1 week, or in freezer up to 2 month.

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