A chewy oatmeal chocolate chip granola bar
9 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup goldren ground flaxseed
1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
1/4 cup water
1. In a large bowl, mix oats and brown sugar. Melt butter in a small pan or bowl, and add corn syrup to butter. Stir butter mixture into oat mixture and mix well.
2. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Grease two baking sheets (11x15-inch) and divide mixture evenly on both sheets, pressing flat with a pancake turner.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Remove sheets from oven and place on wire racks. Cut after 6 minutes (set timer!) with a pizza cutter, using a butter knife to cut the edges that the pizza cutter won't get. Cover with a clean towel while cooling.
Store energy bars in an airtight container or bag. These keep well, but will get more crumbly after a week or so, so freeze any extras that won't be eaten within 7-10 days.
*I usually get creative and do unsweetened coconut, golden flax seeds, chopped almonds, and raw sunflower seeds, and reduce the amount of oats to make up for the extra stuff I add. It's fun to experiment... but I have had them crumble on me because of too much "other" stuff for the amount of sugar and butter. :) I recommend following the recipe accurately the first time you make them... and then getting more creative. :)
This is a recipe my mom created/adapted over the past 10+ years. These Energy Bars are easy to make, and are a delicious oatmeal-chocolate chip bar.
These Energy Bars are chewy and hold together quite well! Many people have tried them and been amazed by how delicious and beautiful they are!
This recipe was included in my freezer meal plan of breakfasts and make-ahead mixes when preparing for the birth of my fourth child. Read my update on how this recipe and the others turned out!
These are a little more sweet than I would like -- for nutritional purposes -- (I have tried cutting back on the sugar or butter but then they fall apart) but make a great breakfast or snack. :)