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Guest Blogger Cindy Sheridan: Granola Bars

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.

Cindy's Granola Bars

Cindy's Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix dry ingredients and make a well in the center
  3. Add wet ingredients and pour in well. Mix to blend.
  4. Add any optional ingredients and stir to combine.
  5. Pour into greased pan: 11 x 7 for thicker bars; 9 x 13 for thinner bars
  6. Press batter down well to make bars firm.
  7. Bake 20 minutes
  8. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before scoring and cutting bars.
  9. Cool before removing.
  10. Enjoy!
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