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Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

Sunday night we finally made it back to Peoria after being stuck at the airport with a 3 hour delay because of mechanical problems. That is one thing you never want to hear when you are about to board an airplane! Our connecting plane arrived late and it was announced that the pilots had to break for dinner so we would be delayed for a half an hour. When we finally boarded the plane, they found the mechanical problem and had all of us de-board while they fixed it. We did not land in Peoria until a little after midnight! As you can probably imagine, this made for a very long and exhausting Monday morning!

During our vacation in Arizona we ate a lot of  prepackaged granola bars. They were quick and easy to pack during our long hikes. When we are at home I like to make my own granola bars instead of buying the pre-made ones at the grocery store. With a homemade granola bar you tailor the bar to what you like by adding different ingredients. One of my favorite prepackaged granola bars are the Oatmeal Raisin. I realized as I was enjoyed my umpteenth bar that I had never made a homemade version. Well of course that all changed with a simple google search where I stumbled upon this delicious looking recipe. These granola bars are perfect when hunger strikes! They are great for an on the go breakfast, afternoon snack or a long hike. Packed with oats, cinnamon, wheat germ, and raisins, I promise you will never buy those prepackaged bars again! 🙂

Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

Yield: 8 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons oats
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons roasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine oatmeal, wheat germ, salt, honey, corn syrup, egg white, raisins, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and canola oil. The granola should stick together but no liquid should pool at the bottom (if there is excess liquid, add another tablespoon of oats and stir again).
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Using a small piece of parchment paper, press mixture evenly into pan; Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until light golden brown. Let cool completely before cutting into rectangles. Serve at room temperature.

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Source: adapted from Sugarlaws

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