I think many couples are at opposite ends on various different things – some small, some huge & some really don’t matter. One thing for the hubs & I – granola bars. He absolutely LOVES those crunchy granola bars that come in the little 2 pack & are all filled with that sweet honey flavor. Me- I really could take them or leave them. I’m more of a “if I’m going to eat a granola bar – I want it to be soft & chewy & packed full of chocolate chips” sort of person. Well – in my little list of nice things I’d like to do for the hubs has been the task of making him Homemade Granola Bars. The plan- make them just like he loves & then toy with the recipe to figure out how to make my perfect granola bar later. So this past week – that’s exactly what I did. He was BEYOND THRILLED.
Once in a while I make something that has him so over the top excited that I can completely change his tune about the store bought version. These granola bars are one of those things. He was quite impressed that I was able to make them & in his words “make them better than the store bought ones” he loves so much.
The kids loved them too. I did have one- for quality control you know. Don’t tell him – but I was pretty impressed myself & will probably enjoy a few before they are all gone. Don’t get me wrong- I’m still on a mission to make my version of perfect. But these really are quite tasty.
Homemade Granola Bars
- 3-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cups peanuts - rough chopped
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment - I used 3/4 sheet pan
- Combine the oats, oil and salt in a large bowl and mix until the oats are evenly coated.
- Transfer the mixture to the baking sheet and spread into an even layer.
- Bake 20-25 minutes- stirring every 10 minutes
- Remove the oats and lower the oven temp to 300 degrees.
- Place the rough cut nuts in large bowl with toasted oats
- Combine the honey and brown sugar in a saucepan and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, to dissolve the sugar.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and cinnamon
- Pour over oats & nuts and stir with a large rubber spatula until thoroughly coated with the honey mixture.
- Line 9x13 baking sheet with foil & spray with cooking spray
- Transfer the granola mixture to the prepared baking sheet and press into an even layer.
- Bake until golden, about 30-35 minutes.
- Cool in the baking sheet, on a wire rack, for 10-15 minutes before cutting into bars
- Cut the bars and then allow them to completely cool.
- Do not wait longer than 15 minutes before cutting the bars as they will crumble
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