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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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  1. What a great recipe - far superior to store-bought granola bars which cost more and aren't as healthy. Thank you for sharing this idea!

  2. Those look so good! One of these days I'm going to get around to making granola/granola bars. I keep meaning to do it, but so far it hasn't happened.

  3. My three boys eat a granola bar a day so that can really add up. I have tried making my own in the past, but haven't for a very long time. I'll have to give this recipe a try. :)

  4. These sound good. However, I wondered if there was a substitute for the whey powder.

    1. I'm not sure...I was specifically looking for a recipe with extra protein, and found this one. Are you wondering because it is "whey protein powder", or just because you don't have any on hand? Sorry that I don't know the answer!


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