Everything-Inside-Your-Cabinet Granola Bars
Hey, who remembers when I made my first post and said one of my goals on this blog was to make healthy recipes? Anyone? Hands?
Considering the fact that I’m fairly certain at least 86% of the stuff I post here is either cake and/or chocolatesugardessert-related (mmmmm health), I’m fairly certain that goal went out the window along with “I will finish all my work before drinking wine” and “eight hours of sleep a night is perfectly achievable”. Well we can rest easy now, as I’m adding another healthy recipe to the bunch! These little bars are like eating loaded oatmeal cookies, but you can have them for BREAKFAST. Who’s excited??! Besides me, if you couldn’t tell from the excessive capitalization and punctuation..
I dubbed these the “everything inside your cabinet” bar because you really can use basically anything. Cashews, pistachios, dried apricot, candied ginger- knock yourself out! However, once you add mini-marshmallows, caramel, chocolate chips, and the like (now I’m considering a second batch) I’m very sorry, but you may want to go ahead and crumble it over ice cream, ’cause that is just no longer a granola bar. Come to think of it, that actually really does sound delish. To the kitchen! (#help?)
– 3/4 cup honey
– 3/4 cup canola oil
– 2 tbsp mollasses
– 3 cups rolled oats (don’t use instant, otherwise you’ll just have nutty oatmeal..)
– 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
– 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
– 1/4 cup chopped pecans
– 3/4 cup sliced almonds
– 1 cup ground flaxseed or wheat bran
– 2/3 cup dried cranberries or raisins (or both! live a little!)
– 1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a shallow rimmed baking sheet (if you want crunchy bars) OR a 9×13 inch glass baking pan (if you want chewy bars) with parchment paper. Mix oil, honey, and mollasses together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour the liquid over the dry and combine well (use your hands if you want to get into the granola spirit, otherwise a flat wooden spoon works just fine). Pour and press the mixture into your desired pan and bake for 12-15 minutes or until your desired texture. Let cool completely and then cut into squares or crumble into yogurt! (Heads up, if you’re making chewy bars, stick the whole tray in the fridge for a few hours after it’s cooled to help the bars bind together further before cutting them!)
(sorry I don’t have any pics of them in bar form…..I have hungry people living around me)
Just a little mollasses shot for anyone interested in my superb photo takin’ abilities..
aaaaand the now obligatory Instagram