Saturday, May 22, 2010

Can't keep my hands off of these granola bars!

Hey Apron Lovers! It's the Ungourmet...again. Well, today I tied on my favorite apron and made my first ever granola bars. I have to tell ya, these are so darn good I can't keep my hands off of them. They are a nice combination of chewy, crispy, nutty, chocolaty, coconut-y goodness! Homemade granola bars are WAY better than anything from the grocery store and they are so easy to make, too. I can't wait to whip up another batch of these babies!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Coconut Granola Bars
by theUngourmet inspired by Salba Smart

3/4 cup creamy (the kind you stir) peanut butter or other nut butter
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp honey
3 cups rolled oats
2 cups crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
2 tbsp golden flax seeds
2 tbsp Salba seed (optional)
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 325. Spray oil a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. In a small pan heat the pb and honey over low heat until melted, stirring often. Cool. In a large bowl mix the oats, cereal, seeds, coconut, chips, cinnamon and vanilla. Gently stir in pb mixture and coat evenly. Slowly mix in the eggs. Using your hands, gently mix everything until evenly coated. Press into prepared pan to form an even layer. Bake for 20-30 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely in the pan prior to cutting into squares.

These are so scrumptious, it's hard to believe they are actually good for you!

Have a great week!

3 Goddesses Have Spoken:

Foodessa said...

Salba seeds...how interesting. Heard of them, but never used them. I added them to my grocery list. I find your recipe to be very appealing and of course the nutricious part is the bonus;o)
If I may make one little suggestion: In order to get even more nutritional value from those gold flaxseeds...grind them so that the omega3 will ooze out all its goodness;o)
Thanks for sharing and flavourful wishes, Claudia

Martha A. Cheves said...

These sound perfectly healthy! I will make these soon. Thanks for sharing

Momgateway said...

I agree they looks so scrumptious...got to make some myself but where Salba seeds are not available where I live, so I think I'll sub hazelnuts.. what do you think?