Monday, March 19, 2007

Homemade Granola Bars (Crunchy Oat Bar)

Single batch recipe:

3 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/2 cup brown sugar (I use raw sugar.)
1 tablespoon honey (You can use more for a chewier texture and you can substitue corn syrup.)
1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon (I don't use this much.)
Optional: You can add 2 T ground flax seed to the oat mixture.
Another option: Add 6 oz. miniature chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 375*F and spray or grease your pan. Cream margarine and sugar. Add honey. Sprinkle premeasured oats with salt and cinnamon. Mix oats into creamed mixture. Flatten and spread mixture evenly in pan, I use my rolling pin and a sheet of waxed paper to flatten in a large cookie sheet. Bake at 375*F for 17 minutes only. While the bars are still warm use a knife or pizza cutter to cut into bars. Allow to cool, (although they are yummy right out of the oven) and break apart. If your bars set too hard to cut, put in a warm oven for 1 minute, then cut through.