Today we're off out all day, and I hate being out, hungry and surrounded by crappy food. So I decided to attempt to make some granola bars for us to take with us so we don't have to survive on burgers or pizza. It was a total experiment, based on our granola recipe, and it was a huge success!
|Giant granola bar, pre-cutting|
|So very delicious|
Homemade Granola Bars
2 cups rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp + 1 tsp vegetable oil (I used canola oil)
1/4 cup honey (or agave)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ripe banana, mashed
A few handfuls of chopped nuts, such as almonds or walnuts
A few handfuls of dried fruit, such as raisins or cranberries
Preheat oven to 325 Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
Stir oats, cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl.
Mix oil, honey, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add mashed banana and stir to combine.
Pour oil mixture into oat mixture and mix well, using a wooden spoon or your hands. Toss in nuts and dried fruit and mix well.
Pile mixture onto the baking sheet and form into a square, approximately 1/2 inch thick. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the outer oats start to crisp.
Let granola square cool completely, then cut into 10 pieces with a sharp knife. Enjoy!