Holy Spoons

The gift of hospitality sometimes comes with food.

Chewy Granola Bars


In an attempt to redeem myself, I offer the following “healthy” recipe. The original recipe, which came from a Quaker Oats box, used refined sugar, sunflower seeds and shredded coconut. That version bombed with my husband, who was frightened by a coconut as a child, so I changed it for his sake. He likes it a lot better this way.

  • 1 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup smooth peanut butter (you could probably use almond butter… but I haven’t tried it)
  • 2 2/3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ
  • 2 cups of mix-ins in any combination of the following: coconut, raisins, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanutbutter chips, unsalted peanuts, miniature M&Ms, any finely chopped dried fruit such as dates, apricots, apples, etc.

Mix honey and peanutbutter until well blended. It might help to warm the honey in the microwave about 20 seconds so that it is not so stiff. Stir in oats, flour, wheat germ and mix-ins. If mixture seems too dry, add water 1 Tbsp at a time. If it is too sticky, add oats 1 Tbsp at a time. Mixture should be slightly sticky, but still easily spread in a pan with greased fingers. Press into a 9×13 pan lightly greased.
Bake at 350 until barely browned. DO NOT OVERBAKE! Cut while warm into desired sized bars. When completely cool, remove from pan with a greased spatula.
Wrap each bar separately in plastic wrap and then store in a zip bag or air-tight container. These freeze extremely well. Save the crumbs for ice cream topping. Makes about 2 dozen bars.

About Deb

Wife, mom, sister, pastor, chaplain, friend and Buckeye. I Yam what I Yam. Frequently imperfect, completely loved by the Divine, and grateful.

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This entry was posted on September 25, 2011 by in A Deb Invention.
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