Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Yummy Granola Bars!

Today is the last day of school for the kids!  They are super excited for summer break to begin.  If you are like us, you will spend lots of time outdoors this summer, and will need a yummy snack recipe.  Friends, I bring you the best Peanut Butter Granola Bar recipe.  It's soft and chewy and peanut-buttery and chocolaty and if you leave it out to cool, unattended, your husband will try to eat the entire pan.

The recipe came from Giada De Laurentis, from the Food Network.

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

1 egg white
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

**I also added 1/4 cup flax seed, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, and 1/4 cup craisins, and I substituted slivered almonds for chopped pecans.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking pan with parchment paper, allowing excess paper to hang over the sides.  Spray parchment paper with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, beat egg white until frothy.  Stir in peanut butter, brown sugar, and honey.  Add melted butter, oats and almonds (and whatever additional things you want to add, like craisins or mini marshmallows, etc).  Stir until it is well combined, then add the mini chocolate chips last, so that they don't melt in the hot butter.

Spread mixture into your baking pan, pressing lightly to form an even layer.  Bake for about 15 minutes, until the edge of the bars begin to lightly brown.  Remove from oven and let cool for at least 1 hour.  Put in fridge to set for an additional two hours.  Cut into squares or and serve!

**It is important to let these cool in the fridge, otherwise they just fall apart.  I made mine the day before, and let them sit in the fridge all night, to firm up.

As I mentioned before, these are so fantastic, and you can add your favorites in, to make them just how you like them.  Hope you will try them soon.

We will definitely be making more of these granola bars soon.  Happy Last Day of School to everyone!


Heidi said...

YUM... this sounds like a must try recipe! Thank you for sharing. I like your additions too.. I'll probably make it the way you do.

purejoy said...

mmm sounds great!! for my kids, i could substitute out the rolled oats for trix, replace the raisins/craisins for skittles, skip nuts and add resees pieces, add some marshmallows and some nerds and they would gobble it up!!
my kids have a sweet tooth. (not that there's any teeth left, mind you)
thanks for the recipe!! you always have the best recipes!

Nicki said...

Way to make it through the school year! Also that bridge totally freaks me out. I don't know if I could have gone across that thing.

Heath said...

Holy Crap those bars were so good. I just could not stop eating them. They are really good with milk when your running a little low. All I would add would be a few more dried cranberries and some rice crispy cereal for a little more crunch. Therrrr Grrrrrreat.

linda said...

Thanks for the recipe. I will be making a batch for our up coming camping trip.