Homemade Granola Bars

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If you’re looking for a delicious snack that everyone will love, look no further! These homemade granola bars are a fantastic alternative to the store-bought variety which are packed with preservatives. Plus, the recipe can be adjusted very easily to accommodate taste and/or supply. Add in toasted coconut, dates, almonds or other mini m&ms! The recipe is super simple and quick to throw together. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool — I wanted to eat them right out of the pan!

These are great for after-school snacking, grabbing for breakfast on the go, or crumbled over yogurt for a tasty and delicious dessert.

What You’ll Need:
(12 granola bars)

2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons wheat germ

(optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tbsp heavy cream

What To Do:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line an 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a large saucepan, melt butter with honey and brown sugar. In a large bowl mix the oats, dried fruits & nuts with the wheat germ. Pour mixture into the butter/sugar mixture and stir thoroughly. Mix in chocolate chips carefully.

Press the granola mixture into your prepared baking pan and bake for 35 minutes. Let cool for at least two hours and cut into bars.

Optional:  Combine chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for thirty seconds. Stir well. If they are not completely melted, continue to heat in ten second intervals, stirring well. Drizzle chocolate over the cooled granola bars and allow the chocolate to set. Devour those bad boys!

recipe adapted from Shutterbean, originally Food Network

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Chelsea is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Student Ministry at SWBTS. After a life changing summer on missions in college, God called her into spending a life serving students, more specifically discipling and loving girls. She served for 2 years as student minister at Oak Meadow Baptist Church in Austin. She integrates cooking with the gospel on her blog, Taste and See, and enjoys a good iced latte, thrift shopping, and cuddling with her puppy, Ringo.

 

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