• Healthy Hoboken Girl: Homemade Granola Bars {Recipe}

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    Have you ever tried making your own granola bars? Once you do, you’ll never go back.  These chewy or crunchy bars {depending how long you bake them} are packed with fiber, protein and just enough sweetness to power you through to your next meal.  Enjoy homemade bars today…you can make these — they’re not hard! Go ahead, give it a try.

    Homemade Granola Bars

     

    Ingredients:

     

    1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

    1 cup crispy brown rice cereal, puffed millet, high-fiber whole grain cereal mix

    1/2 cup chopped nuts, like walnuts, peanuts, almonds, or pecans

    1/2 – 1 cup dried fruits like cranberries, raisins, or cherries

    1/2 cup brown rice syrup {or less to reduce sugar}

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1/2 – 1 teaspoon spices, like cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice {optional}

    4 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter

    2 tablespoons of mini chocolate chips {optional} 

    1/2 cup of chopped coconut.  {optional}

     

    Instructions:

    1. Prepare for Baking: Heat the oven to 325°F with a rack in the middle of the oven. Line the baking pan with parchment, leaving extra parchment to hang over the sides. Lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray or butter. If desired, toast the nuts and grains for 10-15 minutes until toasted and fragrant. For softer dried fruit pieces, soak the dried fruit in very hot water for 10 minutes and drain before using.

     

    1. Mix the Dry Ingredients: Mix the oats, cereal, nuts, and dried fruit together in a mixing bowl.

     

    1. Warm the Rice Syrup: Warm the rice syrup for 10-15 seconds in the microwave or in a small saucepan over medium heat. It should be just loose and liquidy enough to pour. Mix in the vanilla extract, salt, spices {if using}, and almond butter.

     

    1. Stir the Rice Syrup into the Dry Ingredients: Pour the rice syrup over the dry ingredients. Use a spatula to scrape the last of the syrup. Stir the rice syrup into the dry ingredients until the ingredients are completely coated and start to stick together in clumps.

     

    1. Press into the Pan: Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Use wet or lightly oiled hands to firmly press the mixture into the pan. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips {if desired} on top and gently press them in.

     

    1. Bake the Granola Bars: Bake the bars for 20-25 minutes for chewy granola bars or 25-30 minutes for crunchy bars.

     

    1. Cool the Granola Bars: Let the bars cool completely in the pan. They will firm up as they cool. Once cooled, cut into 8 bars in the pan with a very sharp knife, then lift the bars by the flaps of parchment to remove from the pan. Store between layers of wax paper in an airtight container for up to two weeks. To make them easier to slip into back packs and lunch boxes, you can also wrap each bar individually in wax paper or plastic wrap.

     

    For more recipes, motivation, and information find Lynda at lyndalayng.com.


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.