Granola Bars

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For the last two weeks, I’ve made 4 different granola bar recipes, three of which have been tossed to the family of raccoons that visit us. What about the 4th recipe? Well, finally, I have a winner! Not dry, not rich, not too sweet – it’s perfect! In fact, I brought some to the office, and they are a big hit. I’m so happy to share my adaptation of the recipe I found via Good Housekeeping, which apparently was originally published in this cookbook.

What’s terrific about this recipe is its versatility. Use the nuts you like, the fruit you like, toss in chocolate chips, leave out the coconut – make it your granola bar.
Now, here’s mine 🙂

Chewy Granola Bars
3/4 cup old fashioned oatmeal (I used Bob’s)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup oat flour (all-purpose or whole wheat is fine)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light-colored oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup dried fruit (I used cranberries)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Line an 8 or 9-inch baking pan with 2 pieces of foil, so that the foil overhangs the pan on all sides by at least one inch.
Spray with cooking spray.
Line a baking sheet with parchment, then spread the oats, nuts, and coconut onto the parchment. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until they are lightly toasted, stirring once or twice to insure even cooking; remove from oven and set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together the oat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
Stir in the oil, egg, and vanilla, mixing until well-combined.
Next, add in the toasted oat mixture, and finally the dried fruit.
Scrape mixture into foil-lined baking pan; with a damp hand, smooth mixture into corners.
Bake for 22 minutes at 350 degrees.
Remove from pan from oven and allow to cool for about 20 minutes, then using foil overhand, remove from pan and allow to cool completely before slicing into bars.
Enjoy!

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