I have posted some great protein granola bars that my kids love, but you can tell there is protein and that is not for eveyone! I have experimented with several no sugar bars but none of them stick to together, without the use of dates, etc. to make them sticky! So I have “given in” some as summer break begins and attempted a recipe that has some brown sugar. At the end of the day, I still can use my own ingredients, make choices on organic options, etc. and KNOW where my ingredients come from. THESE ARE A-MAZING! You can make them your own in a zillion ways, but here is what I opted for:)
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 tablespoons oil (any kind)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 and 1/2 cups “stuff”
- Here is what I used: 1 TBSP Flax seed, 1 TBSP chia seeds, 1/2 Cup Dried Cherries, 2 TBSP coconut, 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
- If you want to coat the bottoms in chocolate, another 3-4 ounces of either dark melting chocolate or more chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 9 X 13 pan with the oats. Put the oats in the oven for about 15 minutes to toast. Stir them every 5 minutes or so.
- Line a 9 by 9 pan (or close to) with parchment paper.
- Heat the oil in a small saucepan on the stove and one by one add your brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and the nutmeg. Consider doing this while your oats are toasting.
- Simmer over medium high heat, stirring frequently to make sure the brown sugar dissolves. Once it has dissolved, turn your burner off.
- Place the toasted oats in a large bowl and then pour the hot liquid over them. Stir them to coat evenly.
- Now, stir in all your “stuff”.
- Skip this step if you are not interested in the chocolate layer on the bottom. If you are: Melt your chocolate in the microwave and line the waxed paper pan with the melted chocolate before step 8.
- Pour the mixture into your lined pan and press the bars until the pan is filled and try to make them nice and flat and even.
- These will need to set for at least an hour, but I put mine in the freezer and rushed the process along just fine.
- When ready, remove the bars from the pan and pull off the waxed paper.
- Cut the bars in the size and shape you like. ENJOY!