Saturday, May 01, 2010

Homemade Granola Bars

The Altitude Adjustment Section
Being that this week our theme is dealing with the recession, how about giving up those ergonomically packaged nutrition bars and baking some cheap granola bars wrapped in wax paper? A little sugar won't kill you. They are great energy boosters while on a hike or as a kids snack. Why not customize your own?

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup golden raisins

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x13 inch pan. In a large bowl, mix oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, nuts, raisins, and salt. Make an indention in the center of the mixture, and pour in the honey, egg, oil, and vanilla. Mix well; you might want to use your hands. Spread batter evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the edges begin to brown. Cool for 5 minutes; cut the bars while they are still warm. Carefully remove from the pan when they cool and store the granola bars in wax paper.

Other things you can add: chocolate chips, dried cranberries, diced apricots, sunflower seeds, flax or sesame seeds, or shredded coconut.