Thursday, October 20, 2011

Joleen's Homemade Granola Breakfast Bars

So here is the quick story behind the Granola bars.  My friend Joleen's husband used to eat Pop-Tarts everyday for breakfast.  Over the years, she could no longer stand to see him eat something so unhealthy.  He told her that when she could come up with something that was as cheap and tasted as good as Pop-Tarts he would give them up.  Well she did!  She found this recipe and Viola!   Below I made the recipe so you could see how quick and easy they are to make.   I doubled the recipe but will put the single recipe below.

Take 3/4 cup of brown sugar and 1/3 cup of oil and mix it together.  Add in 2 Tbs of honey, 1 tsp of vanilla and 2 eggs.  (If you double the recipe go down to 3 eggs)

Add 1 cup of flour, 1/4 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of baking powder, and 1 tsp of cinnamon.  I don't measure the cinnamon.  I just dump it till it smell good!

Add 1 1/2 cups of oats.

Add 2 cups of Rice Krispies.  This is a filler.  If you need to do more oats you can.  Generic cereal works as well.  

Place the mixture on a Jelly Roll or as I call it a Cookie Sheet!  Pat it until it fills the pan and is thinned out.

Ready for the oven!   350 degrees for 10 minutes.  

Oven times will vary.  You want it to be lightly golden and still springy to the touch.  Cut into squares.  Store in Tupperware like container.  (Pan on the left is done.  Pan on the right is ready to go into the oven.)

A couple tips!

1.  You must double the recipe if using the cookie sheet.  Otherwise use a 9x13 and bake for 20-25 minutes. Trust me.  You will want to double the recipe!
2.  You can add all kinds of other ingredients at the end such as:  Chocolate Chips, Coconut, Peanut Butter, Dried Fruit or as Kyle asked tonight "Can we add some Rum?"  Not sure where that came from but hey, it might be good!
3.  These can be frozen.  They will come out of the freezer and be just as yummy.  You can also warm them back up in the microwave.  

Nutritional value for a double recipe cut into 35 squares is:

Nutrition Facts
  35 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Total Fat5.0 g
     Saturated Fat0.6 g
     Polyunsaturated Fat1.7 g
     Monounsaturated Fat2.9 g
  Cholesterol15.9 mg
  Sodium50.8 mg
  Potassium103.6 mg
  Total Carbohydrate25.9 g
     Dietary Fiber1.7 g
     Sugars12.8 g
  Protein1.9 g
  Vitamin A1.0 %
  Vitamin B-121.8 %
  Vitamin B-62.4 %
  Vitamin C0.6 %
  Vitamin D1.3 %
  Vitamin E4.8 %
  Calcium3.1 %
  Copper5.9 %
  Folate5.8 %
  Iron8.9 %
  Magnesium6.9 %
  Manganese39.9 %
  Niacin2.9 %
  Pantothenic Acid    2.0 %
  Phosphorus    9.0 %
  Riboflavin4.2 %
  Selenium2.4 %
  Thiamin9.8 %
  Zinc4.2 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.



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