Granola bars are so easy to make. They taste wonderful and make great snacks for little hands to grab and go! It’s always surprising how easy they are to make and once you know how, you’ll find they’re even cheaper than the store bought as well.
These granola bars freeze very well which means you can always have some on hand for recess snacks, lunches, picnics or road trips. Best of all, unlike the store-bought versions, you always know exactly what is in these tasty treats.
- 4 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 cups gluten free flour mix
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup butter (melted)
- ¾ cup honey
- 4 tsp vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- Mix all the dry ingredients (the first seven listed) in a large bowl.
- Combine all remaining ingredients and mix well. A mixer will speed this part up but isn’t necessary.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients. You may want to use your hands at this point to ensure that the ingredients are all well combined.
- Press the mixture into a large, lightly greased cookie sheet and press flat with your hands or a spatula.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. It will look slightly golden when done. You can leave it to bake for five minutes longer for a crunchier texture.
- Let cool for 20 minutes then cut into bars. The bars will break if you attempt to cut them immediately out of the oven.
- Substitute raisins for the chocolate chips and add one tablespoon of cinnamon to the other dry ingredients.
- Add ¼ cup of flax seeds for increased nutritional content and a slightly nutty texture and flavor.
- Substitute peanuts for the chocolate chips (or do half and half of each) and add four tablespoons of peanut butter to the wet ingredients. You may have to warm the peanut butter for a few seconds in the microwave so it will be soft enough to incorporate with the other ingredients.
- Drizzle melted chocolate over the tops for an extra special treat.
- Substitute dried fruit for the chocolate chips and add one teaspoon of grated lemon or orange rind. Just make sure the fruit is cut small enough that it doesn’t prevent from the bars from sticking together.
- Substitute maple syrup for the honey.
Feel free to experiment with your own variations. The vanilla can be swapped out for any flavouring that strikes your fancy and as long as your additions are the same size (or smaller than) the chocolate chips they will hold together well. Have fun.