Ready to kick those store-bought granola bars to the curb? Preheat your oven, grab the oats and get ready to snack on soft and chewy granola bars, packaging not included.
Yield: 16 bars
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 40 min
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup flaxseed meal
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- 2 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large egg whites, lightly whisked
- Preheat the oven to 325ºF and line 13×9-inch metal baking pan with parchment paper leaving an overhand on the two short sides of pan. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray.
- Spread the oats and almonds on an unlined baking sheet. Bake them for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the oats and almonds to a large bowl and let them cool completely. Once cooled, stir in the flaxseed meal and mini chocolate chips.
- In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, salt, honey, vegetable oil and egg whites. Pour the mixture over the oatmeal, stirring until it’s well coated.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and using using wet hands or a flat spatula, firmly press it into even layer. (See Kelly’s Notes.)
- Bake the granola for 30 to 35 minutes until dark golden on top. Remove the granola from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 2 hours.
- Using the parchment paper overhangs, transfer the granola onto a cutting board and slice it into bars.
- Store the granola bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
- DON’T underbake the granola. We’re looking for a dark golden color to guarantee the ingredients have bound together.
- DO add in any other preferred mix-ins, such as dried fruits, coconut or crystallized ginger.
- DON’T rush the cooling process. It’s important to allow the bars to cool in the pan for a full 2 hours so that they hold their shape post-slicing.
- DO tell yourself that you’re “only going to eat one granola bar” and then eat three and rationalize the added servings were providing “additional health benefits.”
source: Just a Taste