Granola Bars

Growing up my mum almost always got my sisters and I involved in baking.  Muffins, cookies, you name it, at least one or two of us was perched on a chair helping to scoop, stir, or sift ingredients.  Along the way we learned a host of math skills (I may never have learned fractions but for the practical application to baking!), patience, and even turn taking!  It can’t have been easy with 4 daughters, but I appreciate the effort and the time she took encourage our participation in the kitchen!

One of my favourite recipes which made a frequent appearance was my mum’s granola bars. The recipe had a long list of ingredients (lots of turns to measure and pour) and involved a variety of measuring cups.  The product itself is pretty good too!

If you’re looking for another way to use the granola recipe from a few posts ago, give this recipe a go.  It’s a tasty way to use up random kitchen cupboard dry goods and is a nice treat when you’re on the go.

I always forget to take pictures...granola bars in the oven

Granola bars baked and ready to eat

Very tasty fresh out of the oven

Granola Bars – adapted from Mum’s recipe

1 c granola
1 c rolled oats
1/2 c flour
1/2 c coconut
1/2 c chopped nuts
1/2 c chocolate chips
1/2 c raisins
1/4 c wheat germ
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c chopped dried fruit (apricots, dates, cherries etc)
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 c honey
1/4 c butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla

Combine the dry ingredients together.  Combine the wet ingredients together.  Mix together. 9×9″ pan and bake in an oven preheated to 325 for 30 minutes, watching closely.  Enjoy!


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