Granola Bars - crunchy or chewy?


The kids and I like eating baked goods - things like cookies and granola bars and muffins. While I know they are not great for us, I feel a little better serving up homemade treats, as opposed to store bought. During naptime today I made chewy granola bars, and then we debated over which is better - crunchy or chewy? My personal favourite are these babies from the Oh She Glows cookbook. Soren says he prefers chewy, and Poppy will eat anything. 

This recipe was adapted from this one on all recipes. Do you save favourite recipes to pinterest? Or are there other recipe-saving systems out there that I don't know about? When I feel like baking I usually glance at my pinterest board, but lately I've been inconsistent about pinning things. I need some new baking inspiration - like petite raisin's gorgeous lemon madeline cookies. I've got to try those one of these days. 

Anyways, here's the recipe. The best part about homemade granola bars is they are so easy to make. I aways have the ingredients on hand, and there is just no taste comparison to a box of quaker bars. 

Chewy Granola Bars:

one - preheat the oven to 350, and butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish

two - in a medium bowl, combine the following:

 - 2 cups of rolled oats
 - 1 cup whole wheat flour
 - 3/4 cup brown sugar
 - 1/3 cup ground flax seed
 - dash of cinnamon

three - combine these wet ingredients, and add to the dry mixture

 - 1/2 cup of honey
 - 1 egg, lightly beater
 - 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
 - splash of vanilla

four - mix everything together and add about a cup of raisins. Dump into greased pan and pat down. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the edges are browning and the top looks golden. Let cool for a few minutes, and slice into bars. I store in a sealed glass jar, or wrap individually with sarap wrap (perfect for lunches). Makes about a dozen large bars. 


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