Recipe by IHARVEY
"Absolutely delicious! Granola bars with honey, nuts and raisins. These make a great snack!"
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quick cooking oats
packed brown sugar
chopped English walnuts
The original recipe is amazing! I tried making this recipe a little healthier by substituting applesauce for the oil, but the granola bars just got a funny chewy texture to them. I also decreased the brown sugar to 1/4 c and I like the sweetness a little more. I think next time I'll make 1/4 c oil & 1/4 c applesauce. Otherwise, this is such a great recipe, don't change it if you don't want to! (I'm a nutrition major so I always try to make recipes healthier, but it may take away from the original results.) Thanks for the great recipe, Ilene!
Really didn't care for this recipe. Like other members said, too cookie like. And not a good oatmeal cookie to boot. Lacking in flavor. Added extra cinnamon (to 1 tsp), added a 1/4 tsp almond extract to go with the almonds I added and still found it bland. If you like cakey bars you may like this but still go with the extra cinnamon or you won't find it flavorful enough.
The first time around I used the full 3/4 cup brown sugar and I personally thought it was too sweet, but all the women at work loved them!
Don't put too much weight on my mention of the brown sugar though ---- because I always lower the sugar content for my little who's only 2 yrs old. I try to make healthy snacks for her with just a touch of sweetness, not too much! So we use 1/4 cup brown sugar, but we still use ALL the honey! They are slightly moist and chewy and can be made with such a variety of nuts and dried fruits that it can always be a different batch than before!! Thanks for a terrific recipe.
There is so much to do with this recipe. I've made it 10 different ways and the best includes 1/2 oil and 1/2 applesauce. You can also omit the white or wheat flour by substituting OAT FLOUR instead - they still taste delicious. They are a little firmer this way, which I like, so be sure to add 2 eggs instead of 1. I also substituted flax meal for wheat germ. Best with lots of chocolate chips and dried berries! My husband asks for this every week. Thanks!
My family absolutely loves this recipe. My friend and I doubled the recipe and used a jelly-roll pan. We made 2 batches of 6 different combinations and ended up with 540 granola bars which we individually wrapped and froze. My family went through our half in a month and a half!! They are great in lunches or after school snacks. Here are the combinations we used: crushed oreo, recess pieces with peanuts, mixed dried fruit with sunflower seeds and coconut (sunshine bars), craisins and almonds, s'mores, toffee & mini chocolate chips. Some were a litte chewier than others, but all of them were delicious!! Todays new combination is nutter butter cookies with peanut butter chips on top. yummy!!!
Love this recipe. I make variations on it constantly - never the same twice. I often use up whatever open packages are left after other baking, our favorites are choc chips, raisins, slivered almonds, craisins, coconut & M&Ms. I often use corn syrup instead of honey. I sometimes substitute old fashioned oats for 1/2 the quick oats. I have recently started adding 1/3 C dry milk powder and think I will always make them that way now. I only cook them 20 minutes.
Wonderful recipe, thank you! I decreased the amount of honey slightly and added 1/2 cup of peanut butter and 1/2 cup chopped peanuts for a crunchier peanut butter taste; they disappeared!
This is an awesome base recipe. I made them last night and they're already half gone! Here are the changes I made:
* reduced brown sugar to 1/4 cup
* substituted 1/2 of applesauce for the oil
* used 1 cup raisins
* used 1/2 cup walnuts, sunflower seeds, chopped almonds
It wasn't too sweet at all and the perfect chewiness and texture! A bit bland, though. I would suggest a darker honey or more cinnamon for more flavour next time.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Granola Bars III
Serving Size: 1/20 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 20
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 77
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