Homemade Granola Bars

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This month we’re sharing a recipe from Kristina Grum, a member of the FPC Bethlehem Mom’s Group. Here’s what she has to say about her delicious homemade granola bars:

I'm not sure how, but these homemade chocolate chip granola bars have become a tradition for our first day of school snack.  It's a very requested recipe throughout the school year but our 7, 6, and 4 year-olds are very clear that this must be our snack on the first day of school.  

There are two great things about this recipe.  The first is that it can easily be made gluten free.  Our 7 year old was diagnosed with Celiac disease last year and she says these granola bars taste just as good as they did when they contained gluten.  The second is that you can pretty much add any mix-ins to this recipe.  We prefer milk chocolate chips but you can add nuts, coconut, dried fruit, or anything else you can think of.

Ingredients:

2 cups gluten free oats 

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup wheat germ (eliminate if you are making the gluten free version)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup all-purpose flour (we use Better Batter's gluten free)

3/4 cup chocolate chips

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup honey

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Optional:

1/2 c raisins or nuts

1/4 c ground flax seeds

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2.  Generously grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

3.  In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, chocolate chips and salt.

4.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla.

5.  Mix well using your hands. It's going to be messy but if you mix with a spatula spoon first, it won't be as bad.

6.  Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

7.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges.

8.  Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.

Store in an airtight container or a Ziploc bag.

About the FPCB Mom’s Group:

Join us as we gather together to learn and support each other in raising our children. Meetings are Christ-centered and provide moral support, fellowship and fun. The group is always open to new mothers. Membership at FPCB is not required. There is no fee for the program and childcare is provided. E-mail Chris Skopal to join ckopal@gmail.com.