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Friday, January 22, 2010

Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

These have become a favorite in our house.  I found the recipe on the Designer Whey protein website.  They are a great alternative to store bought granola bars.  They are also healthier for you and your family.

Here is a link to the recipe, Healthy Homemade Granola Bars
This is what I did:
2 cups rolled oats (I have made them with quick cooking also, and that worked out fine)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (whole wheat would probably be great!)
1/2 cup French Vanilla Designer Whey protein powder
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1.2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 13 pan.  Mix dry ingredients.  Make a well in center and add liquids.  Mix well, use your hands if needed.  Pat the mixture evenly into pan.  This can be sticky!!!  :)  Bake for 30 minutes (watch this...I baked for 25 min. and that was good).  Cool for 5 minutes and cut into bars while still warm, or they will be too hard to cut, if you wait too long.

Last time I made them, I didn't have raisins, so I added chocolate chips.  HUGE hit with my family!  :)  I would also recommend checking them at 25 minutes, as this was enough baking time for mine.

Designer Whey can be expensive.  They often have coupons available however, check here.
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