Seems like everywhere I turn on the interweb these days, there’s a recipe for granola bars. Dot, over at Foodwhirl
, posted an absolutely delicious looking one for Ginger White Chocolate
granola bars the other day. And Deb, at SmittenKitchen
posted one yesterday for her Thick Chewy Granola Bars
. Needless to say, they’ve got me craving the suckers like nobody’s business.
Last night, I decided it was high time I tried some of my own. I looked in the pantry to see what I had – some rolled oats, some honey, some chocolate chips, some peanut butter. In my near-empty fruit basket sat one lonely over-ripe banana. In my fridge, some flaxseed meal and some oat flour. To me, that sounded like the fixins for something mighty tasty.
I melted 1/2 cup of peanut butter and 1/4 cup of honey, along with a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil, in the microwave for about 45
minutes seconds (thanks MG) on high. Once it was soft I mashed up the banana and stirred it all together, then added 1 1/2 cups oats, 1/4 cup oat flour, 1/4 cup flaxseed meal, 1/4 cup raisins and 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (totally optional, but delicious). I stirred everything together until it formed a ball.
I lined an 8×8 baking dish with foil and greased it. Then I pressed the mixture into the pan, making sure it was evenly distributed. This I baked at 350F for about 15 minutes. I removed it from the oven and let it cool in the pan. Then I lifted it out by the foil and cut it into ten uniform bars.
Delicious! And somewhat nutritious – I entered the recipe into the recipe analyzer at NutritionData
(if you don’t already know about this site – it is a fabulous resource!) and it spit out that each bar is 249 calories, 13 grams of fat, 7 grams of protien and 4 grams of fiber. I’m sure you could reduce the calories significantly by omitting the chocolate chips and using all natural peanut butter (I only had 1/4 cup natural, so I supplemented with 1/4 cup of the sweetened stuff).
Anyway – get out there and make your own granola bars! They’re super simple, and you can totally control what goes into them. Plus, they taste miles better than the ones you buy in the grocery store.