My online friend Carie shared this recipe, and I just had to give it a try. I'm always looking for new breakfast ideas for my kids, and these should be great for that. I do have to say that I don't think they have the typical granola bar texture. They're more of a "healthy cookie" texture, but my kids will love that! I'll just wrap them individually in plastic wrap and voila--quick and healthy breakfast!
Ingredients: 2 cups rolled oats 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup wheat germ or ground flax seed (I used milled flax seed.) 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup all-purpose flour (or ¾ cup all-purpose flour & ¼ cup soy flour or sorghum flour) 3/4 cup raisins (optional) 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup honey 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I forgot to set it out for the picture.)
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Generously grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands or a spatula. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake 25-30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.
Living in small town Oklahoma, I am married to the sweetest man you will ever meet. We have five young children, so I would now consider myself a professional juggler. I'm a wannabe crafter, cook, baker, and gardener. Some might call me crunchy. I'm okay with it.