This is one recipe you'll keep and come back to again and again. I should know - I've made it over a dozen times, and each time it comes out a little different, all depending on what ingredients I have on hand. That's the beauty of it, you raid you pantry and use whatever you have on hand to make delicious, healthy snack bars.
Homemade Granola Bars
3 cups oats
3 cups "mix"
1 can unsweetened, low fat condensed milk
EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
The "Mix" can be anything your heart desires:
|Raid your pantry & end up with delicious, healthy granola bars!|
-Peanut/almond butter (if you use this as an ingredient, omit the EVOO in the main recipe)
The "mix" should total 3 cups, but I often use 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup measures to incorporate a large variety of ingredients.
For the bars pictured, I used 1 cup of chocolate chips mixed with peanut butter chips, 1 cup total of nuts/seeds: ground flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, and chopped almonds, 1/2 cup of craisins, 1/4 cup of coacoa powder and 1/4 cup of peanut butter. Because the peanut butter is oily and sticky, I omitted the EVOO this time around.
- Preheat oven to 325°
- Cover large cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Combine oats, mix, and condensed milk. Fill up the can of condensed milk 1/2 full with EVOO and pour it into mix (omit if using peanut butter as part of your mix).
- Turn mix onto cookie sheet covered with parchment.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the edges are golden.
- Let stand for 5 minutes
- Cut into bars with a pizza cutter
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week (can last a few days out of the fridge).
A special thanks to my aunt Kim and cousin Gen for sharing this recipe with me :)
|If you use cocoa as part of your mix, your bars will have a chocolate brown hue|