Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Craisin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars


When I saw this recipe posted by Jules, I just had to give it a try! I made some modifications to the recipe she posted, including some guesses on amounts and the baking temp, since I'm not too adept at converting from the metric system! :) What I ended up with were these delicious Craisin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. My only regret is that these turned out to be way too irresistable to me!

Here is my recipe:

5 cups rolled oats
1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup olive oil
2/3 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup grated coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cup craisins
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


I mixed the dry ingredients together in my mixer, then added the wet ingredients and mixed well. Then, I added the craisins, nuts, and chocolate chips and mixed again. Then, I pressed the mixture into a jelly roll pan sprayed with Pam cooking spray and baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. When these were cool, I cut into squares and began to enjoy. Actually, I began to taste before they were even cool!!! :)


These are really tasty -- and fairly healthy, I think. Probably with an alternative sweetener, these would be a very healthy afternoon snack for our children. Maybe Amy Ellen can make a few adjustments and post this recipe again! :)

Who knows? This recipe might make it all the way around the world and back again? What do you think, Jules?? :)

10 comments:

Amy Ellen said...

Hi Elizabeth!

Those look yummy! And, I'm up for the challenge! I'm thinking already about what I would substitute and how I could even start with soaked oats... I don't have all the ingredients on hand... and I'll have to think more on the craisins, but I'll definitely get back to you :-)

Amy Ellen

alexis said...

Oh, those sound good! Like Amy Ellen, I too would soak the oats first. Have you tried the cherry-flavored craisins? They are blissful!

Noel said...

mmmm, I saw those on Jules' blog. They do look good. I may change from granola to this for next week's breakfast :)

Jules said...

Glad you like it. I have a similar recipe that has no sugar but uses mashed banana. I make it just for myself since I have some sons that don't like banana. But it does make a great sweetener. I'm interested that some readers mentioned soaking the rolled oats first. I've never done that but I'm be interested to know why others think it's necessary. But then I like to eat plain rolled oats with my yoghurt (no cooking or soaking) so perhaps it's just a personal preference thing.

Will look forward to seeing what others come up with.

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busymomof10 said...

Laney,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! I'm glad you liked the granola bars! Adding flaxseed was a good idea, but I don't know about the raisins! Most members of my family won't touch anything with raisins in it! The cranberry flavor is really good in contrast to the chocolate -- you should try the craisins sometime. And tell your chickens to get busy doing their job! ;)

Tania @ Larger Family Life said...

These look delicious! I don't know how good they'll be for the diet though!

busymomof10 said...

Check out Amy Ellen's healthier version of these granola bars:

http://healthbeginswithmom.blogspot.com/2009/10/great-granola-bar-challenge-recipe-at.html

Noel said...

Hopefully I can resist having more than one in the morning, because this is going to be our breakfast next week :) I can't wait to try one!

Jeanette W said...

Mmmm. . I don't know if I'd want to change the recipe. Brown sugar goes so well with oatmeal and chocolate chips. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I did find a really tasty and healthy recipe for Paleo Dark Chocolate chip and Walnut cookies at http://fedandfit.com/2013/01/30/paleo-dark-chocolate-chip-walnut-cookies/. They are best the next day, because for some reason they taste sweeter.

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