Recipe by Caryn Gale
These granola bars are so easy and there are so many options you can try a new flavor each week or create your own with what you find in your pantry.
Top Review by sally f
My son takes his own lunch to school - I had no cereal bar for him and tomorrow is Monday - needed a recipe fast and tried this one! I used maple syrup and soft brown sugar, and added a few chopped dates, apricots, and sunflower seeds and a pathetically small amount of raisins (was all I had left!) One cup of oats was quick-cook, the other cup was large "old fashioned" rolled oatflakes. And about half a cup of the flour was wholemeal. I made sure to cut them while still hot - I'm never sure which is the right thing to do with bars like this - cutting them while hot DOES seem to work. Only complaint I have (well, I had to taste them didnt I? to see if they are OK....) is that I had no chocolate! - but that's my fault!! Very quick and tasty bars.
- 200 g margarine
- 2 tablespoons honey or 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 cup white sugar or 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1⁄2 cup nuts (optional)
- 1⁄4 cup peanut butter (optional)
- cinnamon (optional)
- ginger (optional)
- ground cloves (optional)
- 1⁄2 bag your favorite chocolate chips or 1⁄2 bag peanut butter chips or 1⁄2 bag butterscotch chips or 1⁄2 bag cinnamon bark
Directions See How It's Made
- First melt the margarine and honey in a saucpan on the stove or in a micro-safe container.
- Add all the other ingredients and mix well.
- (It tastes good at this point, but try not to eat it all).
- At this point you can add one or two of the optional ingredients.
- Switch honey and white sugar to maple syrup and brown sugar.
- Or add 1 cup chopped peanuts and a 1/4 cup of peanut butter.
- Then pour choc chips on top after baked and spread.
- Or add cinnamon, groung cloves and ginger.
- Or add chopped or crushed nuts of your choice.
- And or add half the bag chips (any flavor) to the mix as well as melting on top.
- Use your imagination and anything you find left in the pantry!
- Press hard onto a cookie sheet.
- I usually line it with foil.
- Bake at 320 for 15 minutes.
- It will puff up.
- Remove from the oven and evenly sprinkle half a bag of your favorite flavor chips on top.
- Wait a minute and then spread with a spatula.
- Careful not to pick up the spatula, but just keep spreading.
- You MUST cut into squares while still hot.
- They taste great hot and cold.
- Store for a week in an airtight container or they freeze great and even taste good frozen if you are sneaking them out of the freezer!