Monday, December 31, 2007

Granola fun

Even I think it is a bit weird that my 7 year old likes my homemade granola bars more than store bought. Here is the recipe for anyone who wants to try it, sorry for the measurements, but this is how I make it.

Trailmix Granola Bars

2 cups rolled oats (NOT quick oats)
1/4 cup of flax meal
1/4 cup of wheat germ
1-1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour (start w the cup, add more if the mixture is too wet)
A Handful of dried cranberries
A Handful of raisins
A Handful of chocolate chips
A Handful of unsweetened coconut
3-4 dried figs, chopped into chocolate chip sized pieces
2 beaten eggs
1/4 cup of honey
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (if mixture is too dry, add more applesauce)
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Spread the mixture in a glass baking dish (at least 9 x 11) and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until light golden on top (30-45 minutes) It is a lot of ingredients, but you can throw everything in one bowl and it comes together really easily.

We don't add nuts as Haven is allergic, but you could add nuts, or change out the dried fruit. In place of cranberries, dried cherries would be great (again, Haven is allergic so we haven't tried it) and I am dying to add dried blueberries to see how that tastes. We have also used dried mango and pineapple with just the coconut and no chips or white chips, and that is also delicious! This makes at least 14 good size pieces and you can be sure that the kids are getting tons of great fiber and protein. Yummy.

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