Granola Bars

I like to make as many snacks as I can for my family so I know what we’re eating. We’re getting ready for a car trip this weekend and while I appreciate that most people would probably take the night before a get-a-way to pack and prepare the household for their absence, I tend to be more worried about the menu! What kind of things are we going to enjoy eating in the car? I’m not above fast food, but I do want to make sure that we’re still eating reasonably well on the road.  I came up with this recipe to bring with us. I think it’s pretty good, I hope that there will still be some granola bars left when we get in the car!

Obviously, you can alter the recipe to suit your own tastes. Don’t like craisins? Leave them out. Love almonds? Throw some in! Have fun and be creative.

Granola Bars

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat four
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup sesame seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup craisins
½ cup raisins
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix together oats, flour, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, craisins, chocolate chips, raisins, and salt in a large bowl. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in another bowl and then add to the oat mixture. Stir until everything is evenly moist. Place in greased 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350° for 25 minutes. You want them to start turning golden brown around the edges. Let cool, cut into squares or bars.

note: I didn’t feel like they were quite as thick as I would like them in the 9 x 13 pan so I squished them to the side a bit to get them to the thickness that I wanted (see photo below).

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  1. Those look really yummy! Do they come out chewy or crispy?

  2. They are chewy. I can’t stop eating them – we have seven left and are hours away from the car still!

  3. Hmm… I wonder if I replaced the sesame seeds, the sunflower seeds and the oatmeal with more chocolate … would that alter the final product?!

  4. My kids love granola bars, but I haven’t tried to make them like this yet. We have the Lara Bar here in Colorado that is pretty awesome. I’m sure they have them other places now too, but with such simple ingredients we’ve replicated them with dates, a dried fruit (we’ve done blueberries, apricots, etc) and then your choice of nut (almond, cashews etc.) Food process all together and then lay out and cut up. So simple and a great snack. I think Ryan has even used them on some of his rides. Good stuff.

  5. Mmmm…we made a triple batch of granola before our trip. These look awesome. Where are you guys going? Somewhere fun I hope~!

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