03 September 2012

Recipe: Mama Jenn's Granola Bars

I got this recipe from my good friend Jenn from The Woven Forest.

Makes 25 Bars

(Marshmallow granola bars pictured)

Granola

Ingredients 
8 Cups of Rolled oats
2 Cups of almonds
1.5 Cups of honey or 1.5 cups of brown sugar
16 Tbs (2 sticks) butter
1/8 Cup vegetable or canola oil NOT OLIVE OIL (this is not necessary but helps brown the oats better)

Method 
Mix oats and nuts.
Add the oil to the oats and stir well. 
In saucepan cook butter, honey/sugar until dissolved.
Continue cooking 2 more minutes.
Remove from heat and pour over oats.

NOTE: Jenn used her Kitchenaid, so this took all of about 2 minutes.

Bars:

Spray your pans... bread pans work the best about 3" X 5" and divide the mix between them.
Bake at 320*F (160*C) for 15 minutes.
Bring them out one by one and use a coffee cup or similar item to PRESS the oats down.
Do this every 15 minutes or so until its quite firm and appears to be browning on the edges. 
Even if they don't look quite done, don't cook for more than 30 minutes.
They will harden as they cool.

Bar Toppings:

Cranberry
Chocolate chips
Mini marshmallows

Sprinkle topping and pressed down gently.
Put the bars back in the oven till melted.

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