Wednesday, February 14, 2007

More Granola - Granola Bar Recipes

img is from Robert's Home Recipes, and I will revisit that site as perhaps interesting to see what other recipes are there.

So, I tried a couple of the granola recipes yesterday. I did not like the bisquick recipe at all. I did like the basic recipe that permitted freedom to mix and match ingredients. It was great, and then I baked it a tad too long so it was more crunchy than I wanted it to be, but overall, I'll use the basic recipe often. It is not granola bars though, as you actually get a loose mixture of granola. That is fine, as can add to my yogurt and Sweetie can add to his morning cereal.

So today, I thought I'd look up granola bars to see if there is some ingredient that is more binding in holding the granola mixture together. We have the purchased commercial kinds of granola bars, and I've taken to enjoying having one in the early mornings with my coffee. So, I decided to make my own, and I'm into granola recipes at the moment.

Granola Bar Recipes:

Coffee Granola Bars Recipe

Ready in: 30-60 minutes

Serves/Makes: 2 dozen

2 tablespoons Instant coffee powder
1/2 cup Melted butter or margarine
3 cups Rolled oats (quick or old fashioned)
1 cup Raisins
1/2 cup Wheat germ
1/2 cup Coconut flakes
1/2 cup Brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup Honey
1 Egg; beaten
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 325 degrees; grease a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Stir the instant coffee into the melted butter. Combine the oats, raisins, wheat germ, coconut, brown sugar, honey, egg and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Add the butter mixture and mix well.

Press firmly into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cut into bars while still warm. Cool; remove from the pan.

Chewy Granola ars Recipe

Ready in: 30 minutes

Serves/Makes: 1 dozen

1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs -- beaten
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 3/4 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup peanuts


Mix ingredients together and press into 8x8x2-inch pan. Bake at 350F degrees for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden. Cool in pan or rack. Cut into bars.

Blueberry Granola Bars Recipe

Ready in: 1-2 hrs

Serves/Makes: 18

1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
2 cups fresh blueberries


Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 9X9-inch square baking pan.

In a medium-size saucepan, combine honey, brown sugar, oil, and cinnamon, and bring to a boil. Continue boiling for 2 minutes; do not stir.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats and blueberries. Stir in honey mixture until thoroughly blended. Spread onto the prepared baking pan, gently pressing mixture flat. Bake until lightly browned, about 40 minutes. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into 1-1/2 by 3 inch bars.

Gluten-Free Granola Bars Recipe

recipe is ready in 30-60 minutes

Serves/Makes: 16

3 cups crushed corn flakes
2 cups crisp rice cereal
1/2 cup sesame seed
1/2 cup sunflower seed
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup margarine or butter
10 ounces marshmallows


Mix together cornflakes, rice cereal, sesame seed, sunflower seed, raisin and coconut in a large bowl. Melt margarine and marshmallows together over low heat. Add to other ingredients and stir until coated. Pat into a 9 x 13-inch buttered pan. Allow to cool and cut into bars. Wrap each bar in wrap or sandwich bags.

--Granola Bars

1 1/2 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup melted butter
3 teaspoons vanilla
4 1/2 cups oatmeal
3/4 cup coconut
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 1/4 cup chocolate chips


Combine all ingredients thoroughly, spread onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350F for thirty minutes or so until golden brown.

Hiker Bars Recipe

Ready in: 30-60 minutes

Serves/Makes: 3 dozen

1/2 cup Peanut butter, chunky
1/3 cup Butter
2 medium Bananas (mashed)
1/2 cup Molasses
1 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla
4 Eggs
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Ginger
2/3 cup Flour, whole-wheat
1 1/3 cup Flour, white
4 cups Kellogg's Special K cereal (crushed)
1 teaspoon Baking powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
6 ounces Chocolate chips
1 cup Peanuts, salted (chopped)
8 ounces Dates, chopped (or fewer)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Then by hand: In a large bowl cream together peanut butter and butter. Mix in bananas, molasses, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg.

Stir in the cereal. Sift together dry ingredients and mix into batter. Add chips, peanuts and dates. Pour batter into greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree F. oven for 35 to 45 minutes. Cut into bars.

This recipe for Hiker Bars serves/makes 3 dozen

Soft Granola Bars Recipe

Ready in: 30-60 minutes

Serves/Makes: 40

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup raisins or chocolate chips, optional
1 cup chopped nuts or flaked coconut
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
***Honey Glaze***
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons margarine or butter


Heat oven to 350. Grease a 15x10" jellyroll pan. Using a spoon, mix together brown sugar, oil and eggs in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in oats, flour, raisins if desired, nuts, cinnamon, cloves, soda and salt. Using a spatula, spread mixture into prepared pan, patting evenly with your hands. Bake until center is set but not firm, 17-22 minutes. Cool 15 minutes.

Prepare Honey Glaze. Drizzle glaze evenly over granola mixture. Let cool completely and cut into bars. Bars can be stored, tightly covered, up to 2 weeks, or wrap tightly and freeze up to 6 months.

For Honey Glaze: Heat honey and margarine in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until margarine is melted and mixture is heated through.

This recipe for Soft Granola Bars serves/makes 40

credit for these recipes to CD Kitchen

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