When I make my mom’s granola, we’re pretty excited for the first days of it being in the cupboard. Then time passes. I want to reach in the cupboard for it but the kids’ enthusiasm has moved onto other exciting things like Cheerios and eggs and such. At some point I’m the only one still going strong with it. I was happy recently to find a way to keep up the “granola spirit” around here by using mom’s granola in bars.
And you know what? It definitely did the trick. We snacked on these in between ballet classes and for afternoon snacks for a week.
I love that you can customize these bars. Heck, you choose the granola that goes in them! You can add nuts or fruit, or use a granola without either. This recipe comes from my beloved King Arthur Whole Grain Baking book.
granola bars (with mom’s granola)
3/4 c. unsalted butter
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
2 TBSP light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 c. prepared granola
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 pan.
- Melt butter with brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt in saucepan over medium heat. Set it aside to cool to lukewarm. Stir it again to mix in any butter that has separated.
- Add the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture, stirring until well combined.
- Stir in the granola. Spread mixture in the prepared pan.
5. Bake the bars until they’re golden brown, 25 minutes. If you bake the bars 3-5 minutes longer, you’ll have crunchier bars; bake 3-5 minutes less, and you’ll have chewier bars.
6. Remove bars from the oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Loosen the bars with a sharp knife around the edges. Cut bars into rectangles. They’re easier to cut when they’re warm. Cool bars completely in pan before removing.
I have to say — using my mom’s granola recipe — these bars are outstanding. We added dried cranberries to ours as well. They were crunchy, a bit chewy, dense, and a bit sweet. They were the most exciting granola bar I’ve ever eaten. And I intend to bake (and eat) many-a-more bars.
How do you like your granola bars? Fruity? Chewy? Crunchy?
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