Years ago, I purchased Martha’s Family Cookery Book and found a granola recipe in it that, after a few tweaks, became our favorite granola. However, my family doesn’t eat a lot of granola, and some of the children don’t really like it at all. But, put it into a granola bar and suddenly you have a hit! So here is our favorite granola recipe along with the recipe we use to make it into bars.
Combine in a large bowl:
5 c. old fashioned oats
1/2 c. sunflower seeds
1/4 c. nuts (walnuts or peanuts or sliced almonds, etc)
1/2 c. dry milk powder
3/4 c. coconut (I prefer shredded)
1/4 c. wheat germ
3/4 tsp cinnamon
In a small saucepan, stir together and heat:
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. cooking oil (coconut oil is really yummy!)
1/3 c. honey
Pour this over the granola and mix thoroughly. Spread out on a large baking sheet. I like to use a stoneware bar pan. because it helps to have sides on your pan. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Let cool and store in airtight container. (no need to refrigerate.)
Homemade Granola Bars
6 Tbsp butter
1 c. peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla
All of the granola recipe above
Put the granola in a large bowl and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter and peanut butter together, heating slowly and evenly. Meanwhile, beat eggs in a bowl. When the butter and peanut butter are melted, remove the pan from the heat and quickly whisk the eggs in. (When I say “quickly”, I mean it! If you don’t do it quickly, you will end up with scrambled eggs!) The mixture will emulsify and you will have a thickened mixture.
Beat in the vanilla, and then pour the mixture over the granola, stirring well in order to coat the granola entirely.
Spread the mixture out into at least a 9×13″ pan with sides. (I use the same bar pan I make my granola in). Cool completely (better yet, pop them in the refrigerator so they cool faster!).
Once they are cool, cut them into to rectangles and enjoy!