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RissaRoo

Chewy Granola Bar...a New Staple At Our House!

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I am so happy, finally I found a recipe my boy will eat! He has GERD and food allergies, so it's very hard to find a snack that he'll eat. I'm trying to fatten him up...he ate these all day long *without* me having to bug him to go eat something! Whoopie!

These were easy to make and have tons of possibilities! Our first batch had dates, nuts, dried cherries, coconut, dates and raisins. The next batch will have coconut and mini chocolate chips! You can put just about any fruit or candy in these...mini M&M's, chopped dried apricots, bits of candy bar, flax seed, dried apples and cinnamon, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, peanut butter, gluten free rice puffs and puffed millet, yogurt covered raisins....the sky's the limit! Plus, we made one pan of granola bars and baked a second pan with loose granola chunks, which made a great breakfast cereal. They tasted great! This is going to be a favorite recipe for us, because it's so healthy and I can add a lot of different nutritious foods...but the kids love them and will eat them all day! Here is the basic recipe:

Chewy Granola Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup butter or margarine

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar (we used fructose)

2 tablespoons corn syrup or maple syrup (maple syrup does work, but corn syrup makes them more chewy...you might want to try doing 1 tbs. of each!)

4 cups oats (Bob's Red Mill oats were great, make sure you get the package that says gluten-free specifically though because they have both kinds!)

1 cup shredded coconut

1/3 cup chopped nuts

1 cup chocolate chips and/or your favorite dried fruit

Directions:

Grease a 12-inch x 9-inch cookie sheet. In a pan, heat butter, sugars, and syrup until melted (add 1/2 cup peanut butter for peanut butter bars at this point, if you want). Mix the other ingredients together in a very large bowl. Pour hot butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. If using chocolate chips or candy, wait until mixture has cooled slightly before mixing them in...to avoid the chocolate melting and combining with the other ingredients. Spread on greased cookie sheet and press down, making sure the surface is smooth. Bake in a 325 degrees oven for 30 minutes (less time for chewier bars).

We added extra nuts and fruit (the remainder of a fruit and nut mix we had in the car on our trip to Idaho...the kids don't like the nuts plain, but the y sure liked them in the bars!) and extra shredded coconut to ours. Also, we added about 1/2 cup of dried dates...they added to the chewy texture and were really good. You could decrease the sugar a little because the bars turned out pretty sweet with the dates and coconut. Don't let the sugars and butter boil, just melt them together or they will get too hard! Still tasty, but not as good as they could be. Enjoy!


RissaRoo...used to be Anerissara before my computer crashed ;o)

gluten-free since 2004

DH, eczema, dairy intolerance and lymphocytic colitis

Son has it too, plus GERD and an allergy to dairy and soy :o(

"And now these three remain: Faith, Hope and Love. But the greatest of these is LOVE"

....1 Corinthians 13:13

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Thanks for posting this! I always have a terrible time finding bars I like, so now I can make my own!


Dx Celiac 08/22/08

Iron Deficient Anemia / Blood Clotting Disorder / Severe Vit D Deficiency / Low Cortisol / Progesterone/Testosterone Deficient

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Sounds yummy!!! I will make these soon.

Thanks.


Whole family is allergic to Gluten, eggs, dairy, most are allergic to garlic. Few other various allergies.

Did you know it's best to wait until 21 months to give a baby wheat??

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Thanks for the recipe. I think I will try them when school starts up again.


Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

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Thanks for posting this recipe. They turned out tasting yummy but maybe a bit sweeter than they should be. I used brown rice syrup and a bit of honey instead of maple syrup/corn syrup. I cut them while they were still warm and they just crumbled when I tried to pick one up so I waited to let them cool before picking up another one. Once they were cool they held together much better. Did everyone have the same issue? I wasn't sure if I melted the sugar, butter and syrup mixture enough.

Thanks again for a great recipe.

-Laura

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Wow! I made these yesterday and they are fabulous!!! Really really good! I chose to make the recipe as listed with the following change 2/3 cup chopped almonds (instead of 1/3) and 2/3 cup chopped Kraft caramels (instead of 1 cup of fruit).

These are wayyy addictive.

I too had the problem of the middle ones falling apart (the outside ones were great, but the middle ones were turning to granola - an excellent use for the crumbs) so I put them back in the oven for a while. I think next time I'll make them thinner and in a wider pan for more even cooking.

I highly recommend these. They are so good.

Thanks for posting the recipe!!!

mamatide

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