Here's the basic recipe I use for my homemade granola bars. Depending on my mood or what my kid's like the particular week I'm making up the recipe I'll toss in some coconut, nuts, seeds etc. This recipe is really flexible.
1/2 c. soft butter
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. corn syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 c. quick oatmeal
1 c. chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. Beat butter, sugar, and syrup until light and fluffy. Blend in egg and vanilla. Add and mix oats and chips. Press firmly into pan. Bake 20 to 23 minutes. Cool a couple hours. Cut.
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Here is a recipe I use and I think it is very similar to the store bought variety you mentioned.
Chewy Trail Mix Bars
3 Tbsp peanut butter
2 Tbsp margarine or butter
6 cups marshmallows
1 cup old fashioned (rolled) oats
1 cup corn flakes
1 and one half cups crisp rice cereal
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries or dried mixed fruit
1/2 cup chopped nuts, I use almonds
1/3 cup roasted unsalted sunflower kernals
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish, set aside.
Combine peanut butter and butter and marshmallows in a large saucepan. Cook over low heat until smooth (about 5 min) stir frequently. Remove from heat. Add cereal, fruit and nuts. Rub some oil or butter on hands. Press mixture into a 9 x 13 dish coated with cooking spray or greased with butter. Let cool, cut into bars and store in an airtight container.
just google granola bar recipes there are tons of them. I personally like the ones I make at home better than the store bought ones. Wrap them in waxed paper or plastic wrap. They don't last long. I use lots of different recipes but try to pack as much nutrition and fiber in them that I can.
TC in MO
I found an awsome site! hillbillyhousewife.com she has all sorts of recipes and several for granola..Good luck
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