Homemade Granola Bars
Making your own granola bars is so much better than any you can buy from the shops. You can make the flavours you want with the add-ins you love. You will also know exactly what ingredients you will use, allowing you to make substitutes, where necessary, for your dietary requirements.
3 cups oats
1 ½ cups finely chopped nuts (you can choose any type of nut, or leave them out all together)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mini chocolate chips
SEE ALSO: Strawberry Ice-Cream Cake
Preheat your oven to 175 degrees celsius. Line your baking try with baking paper. Spread the oats and nut out evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the oats and nuts using a spoon or spatula and return to the oven for a further 7 minutes.
Pour the oats and nuts into a large bowl and set aside. For the syrup, combine the butter, sugar, honey and salt in a medium saucepan over medium to low heat. Stir slowly until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
Pour the syrup over your cooled oats and nuts mix and stir until all the ingredients are well coated. If you are adding any dried fruits, you can stir them in now as well. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Start preparing your baking pan with baking paper. Make sure you have some extra baking paper around the edges. You’ll use the extra paper to lift the bars out of the pan.
Pour your cooled oat mixture into your baking pan. Use the back of a spoon or spatula to evenly and firmly press the mixture into the pan. Sprinkle your chocolate chips and gently press them into the mixture. Pt the baking pan in the fridge and allow to cool for 1-2 hours.
Lift the slab of oats and nuts out of the pan using the extra edges from the baking paper. Cut 5 evenly sized slices, length ways, using a sharp knife. Then cut each bar in half width ways.
You’ll now have 10 delicious and healthy granola bars! Store for up to 1 week, in an airtight container, at room temperature.