These homemade granola bars are easy to make and turn out perfectly chewy and chocolate-y!
18 bars (2.3 ounces each)
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup (packed) brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium-size mixing bowl, cream together the butter, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. (I use an electric mixer for this step.)
2. Add flour, baking soda, and oats. Stir until well-mixed. (Mixing with clean hands works great for this step.) Mixture will be a soft, fluffy, and somewhat crumbly. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. Press mixture into a lightly-greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 18-22 minutes, until edges are just starting to brown. Remove from oven and place dish on wire rack to cool.
4. After granola bars have cooled for 10 minutes, use a smooth-bottomed measuring cup or glass to press the bars flat. (Pressing while too hot will smear chocolate everywhere!) Allow to finish cooling and then cut into 18 bars using a pizza cutter or thin sharp knife.
Store in a sealed container or bag at room temperature for up to a week or so, or freeze for later use.
In place of the chocolate chips, feel free to add your favorite nuts, chips, shredded coconut, or dried fruit (or any combination of those equaling 1 cup in all).
Recipe from Christy at One Little Word She Knew. Instructions and photos are my own! :)
Total cost for 18 granola bars: $3.21 ($0.18 per bar)
My granola bars weighed an average of 2.3 ounces each with a calorie count of 261 per bar (~50% larger than the average store-bought granola bar). Obviously, these granola bars aren't made with puffed rice or other "light" ingredients! ;)
Calories from fat: 107
Total fat: 11.9g
Saturated fat: 7.1g
Total Carbohydrates: 35.2g
Dietary fiber: 2.6g
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