Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

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Kelly Rossiter

Difficulty Level Easy

I've never cared much for commercial granola bars. It seems to me that they come in two kinds. There are those that are too sweet and are really just high calorie treats in a healthy disguise, which is what most kids get in their lunch bags. And then there are the virtuous healthy bars that taste pretty much like the cardboard packaging they come in. There are lots of granola bar recipes out there, but I've been looking for a recipe that strikes some kind of balance between taste and virtue and I think I've found it.

This granola bar recipe is so easy and so delicious, you'll never want to waste your money on store bought again. I added some dried cranberries that I had on hand and that made a really nice tart addition to the bar. If you have kids at home you might add a few chocolate chips for an extra treat. Try experimenting with different flavours and see what works with your family.

I think my husband is enjoying this snack series. Last week he fired through all the tortilla chips and this week he "hid" the granola bars in the cookie jar so that he wouldn't finish them all in one go. You'll see from my photograph that these turned out to be granola "bites" rather than bars. I got busy and I left them on the parchment paper a bit too long and they stuck. I think next time, I'll just grease the pan. If you have any left over, store them in an airtight container.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup plus 2 tbsp oats
1 tbsp unbleached flour
2 tbsp honey
4 tbsp corn syrup
1 organic egg white
1/2 cup raisins
3 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp canola oil

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until evenly distributed. The granola should stick together but no liquid should pool at the bottom (if there is excess liquid, add another tablespoon of oats and stir again).
  2. Pour the granola out into a small baking pan lined with parchment paper and mold it into the shape you want. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until granola is lightly browned on top and no longer feels wet. Allow to cool, and cut into bars.
This recipe appears in: Quick Breads
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