Monday, May 11, 2009

Homemade granola bars, version 1

granola bar

These days I'm thinking a lot about what I eat. I've always liked the idea of homemade over store-bought, and now I've got more motivation than ever to avoid processed and packaged foods. So, ever the treat-lover, I decided to try making my own granola bars. These were quite good, and even better the second day, but I plan to try other variations too. Because, why not? I could see versions with dried cranberries, chocolate chips, cashews, sesame seeds … so much sweet, crunchy goodness awaits!

Enjoy! And post your results if you make these!

Granola Bars (adapted from
2 cups oats (not quick oats)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped, roasted peanuts
1 t cardamom
4 T unsalted butter
2T peanut butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 T honey

Mix oats, raisins, peanuts, and cardamom in a bowl. Combine butter, sugar, honey, and peanut butter in a medium saucepan and stir over medium heat until mixure is smooth. Pour butter mixture over oats mixture and stir until well coated. Transfer to buttered (or sprayed) 9-inch square pan and bake at 350 degrees until golden, about 30 minutes. Let cool and then cut into bars with a sharp knife.

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