While having coffee a few weeks ago at Starbucks with my friend, Cindy, she mentioned that she had just made and sent a batch of granola bars to her son in the military. And I thought, “If these granola bars are THE thing her son wants in a care package, I have to have that recipe.” So here it is, courtesy of Cindy. 🙂
About a year ago, a friend gave me a recipe for granola bars. I’ve never been a big fan of granola bars because they always seemed a bit like eating cardboard with a few chocolate chips thrown in. But after eating one of her bars, I changed my mind. And so began my journey of making and eating granola bars.
At Christmas this year, my middle son, who is a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army, was home for a few weeks before he left for officer training in Missouri. A day or two before he left, I happened to be making a fresh batch of granola bars. He tried one and decided that I needed to give him the whole batch to take back with him.
A couple of weeks after he arrived in Missouri, he asked me to send him some more granola bars. The batch I made and sent was eaten in two days. This boy (now a man) has always been an extremely picky eater, so this is saying something. I’ve sent two batches so far and have a request for a third batch.
My family has enjoyed these granola bars very much. I hope you do too.
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup + 1 TBSP packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup + 2 TBSP vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 TBSP honey
- EXTRAS (optional)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup raisins or craisins
- 1/2 cup nuts
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup banana slices
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix dry ingredients and make a well in the center
- Add wet ingredients and pour in well. Mix to blend.
- Add any optional ingredients and stir to combine.
- Pour into greased pan: 11 x 7 for thicker bars; 9 x 13 for thinner bars
- Press batter down well to make bars firm.
- Bake 20 minutes
- Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before scoring and cutting bars.
- Cool before removing.