Friday, 3 June 2011

Easy Granola Bar Recipe

I've been on the hunt for a good granola bar recipe. Sure you can buy the packaged ones, however they usually contain unfavorable ingredients and are expensive, so why not make your own? It's very simple.
Last week I tried Lori's Cranberry Nut Granola from studio waterstone and I must say it was delicious. It was a large batch and it was gone in a day! Toasting of the nuts and seeds really brings out the nutty flavor and adds that extra depth. It is more of a crumblier granola rather than a bar, however, it is great with yogurt, topped on ice cream for added decadence or simply on its own. I forgot to take photos but you can get her recipe here


Yesterday, I came across another recipe on the web which is more of a granola bar. 




The ingredients are similar, however the binding ingredient is different. This one uses condensed milk to hold the granola together into a bar shape. I would definitely toast the nuts next time and you can change the ingredients to your liking. You can replace the almonds for other nuts, throw in some seeds and use dried apricots instead of cranberries. I think the combinations are endless. Here is the recipe.


Ingredients

  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sweetened condensed milk, butter, coconut, almonds, chocolate chips and cranberries with your hands until well blended. Press flat into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, depending on how crunchy you want them. Lightly browned just around the edges will give you moist, chewy bars. Let cool for 5 minutes, cut into squares then let cool completely before serving.




Enjoy!

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