Sunday, June 27, 2010

Homemade Granola Bars

A few days ago my kids were bored. Shocking right? I am sure NONE of you have heard those words lately! Gotta love summer hehe!
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I found a recipe online and tweeked it to fit our family and it turned out SO yummy I just had to share!
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I didn't need to run to the store for any of the ingredients too which is always a bonus!
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I started by gathering all my ingredients.

Start by mixing peanut butter, brown sugar, applesauce, vanilla and corn syrup together
Mix till it looks about like this
Then in a seperate bowl, mix instant oatmeal, cheerios, coconut, chocolate chips and wheat germ. You can add anything your fam likes here.
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For example: nuts of any kind, marshmellows, m&m's, raisins etc.
Be creative and make this recipe your own!
Then blend both bowls together and let those helpers finish all the work.
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My 3 kids actually made these completely by themselves. All I did was make sure the right measurements were going in. They are VERY simple and since my kids love to cook this was a great chance to give them something to do to cure the "I'm Boreds" 
We tossed em in the oven and watched em bake
When they were all done we let them cool completely and then cut them into rectangles like regular granola bars.
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We hope your family loves them as much as ours!

Happy Baking!!

**Amanda's Homemade Granola Bars**
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 2/3 cup peanut butter
• 5 tablespoons corn syrup
• 1/2 cup applesauce
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 3 cups rolled oats
• 1 cup chocolate chips
• 1/2 cup toasted oat cereal rings
• 2/3 cup wheat germ


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the brown sugar, peanut butter, corn syrup, applesauce, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, stir together the oats, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, cereal rings and wheat germ. Stir the dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture until evenly coated. Press lightly into the prepared pan.
3. Bake or 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until slightly golden. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

**You can add whatever fun things you would like. For example m&m's, nuts, coconut, craisins, dried pineapple. All end up being super yummy!**

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