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 Posted May 2nd, 2012 03:24 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I am looking for a recipe for HEALTHY granola bars. Without Karo, marshmallow cream, etc...
Ingredients like oats, nuts, dried fruit...



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 Posted May 2nd, 2012 06:28 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Here is a recipe for granola bars that I have been wanting to try. I was thinking that you could probably use all honey and eliminate the corn syrup. I love the other recipes on this site although most are not so healthy!
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 Posted May 2nd, 2012 07:27 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
[/b]Granola Bars[b]
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups brown sugar [I use half or less, depending on my mood)
1 cup oil [I use pear or applesauce]
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
4 cups quick oatmeal
Mix together thoroughly
Add as many of the following ingredients as you want:
1 cup coconut
1 cup raisins
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts

Mix and press into greased 11x15 pan. [I like to use a 9x13 because they are thicker]. Bake at 375* for about 12 min. Do not overbake.

I like to make half with choc chips and the the other half with raisins or cranberries and coconut so that we all have our favorites.

~Monica, wife to Eldon and mama to Makayla and Michael and Emily

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 Posted May 2nd, 2012 09:33 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
HERE is a recipe that I have been wanting to try. You could easily replace the crispy rice cereal for more oats or anything else that you would want. There are quite a few add-ins that she suggests herself. She calls them healthy, don't know if they fit your definition of healthy or not.
Wendy -- Wife of a school teacher and Mommy of four

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 Posted May 3rd, 2012 08:42 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Wow! Thank you ladies! Can't wait to try out these recipes!

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 Posted May 3rd, 2012 06:49 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Here's a couple more for you to choose from...

Sticky Fruit Oat Squares

Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8 1/2-in glass baking dish, (or whatever size you want for thickness - a 9x13 makes about 1/2" thick bars).

Melt over low heat about 5 min:
3/4 c. butter
1/4 c. honey
generous 3/4 c. packed raw brown sugar

Add & mix until well combined:
1/4 c. creamy natural peanut butter

Add all except 1/4 c. seseme seeds. Mix well:
2 3/4 c. rolled oats
generous 1/4 c. dried apricots or apples, chopped
1/4 c. sunflower seeds
3/4 c. seseme seeds
1 tsp. salt

Press into prepared pan & bake for 20 min. Remove from oven & sprinkle rest of seseme seeds on top.
Let cool & cut into squares.

When I made this I did a little improvising, using dried cranberries & almonds.

All Seasons Grain Bar

Mix in large bowl (you can use any combination of these things, or even other stuff like flax etc....):
1/2 c. oat bran
1/2 c. wheat germ
1/2 c. cracked wheat
1/2 c. seseme seeds
1 c. raw sunflower seeds
Nuts, optional
1 c. raisins
3 c. rice-crispys
1 c. rolled oats
1 c. coconut

Warm together:
1 c. natural peanut butter (when leaving out the choc. chips I use 1/2 c. more. I also add 1 tsp. vanilla & 1/2 tsp. salt along with this substitute).
1 c. honey
1/3 c. cocoa
1/2 c. chocolate chips (I leave out & subsitute 1/3 c. more cocoa)

Press into 9x13" dish.

Delicious & Healthy!

..rebekah..married to my incredible LOVE- ivan- 06.20.09
mama to adelynn ivy 10.13.10 .. sofia katrien 02.03.13 & elliot andrew 10.11.14

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 Posted May 3rd, 2012 07:39 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I made THIS recipe for No-Bake Granola Bars awhile back and they were SO yummy! I think that toasting the oats, nuts, and coconut is what made them so delicious! I do remember that they were a little sweet, so I'd either cut back on the honey or try some not-so-sweet choc chips. I also used coconut oil instead of canola....

This gets me in the mood to make these again. Unfortunately, their not exactly GAPS diet friendly.

Joe's wife and mom to Katie (11.26.10), Jillian (06.15.12), and Paige (07.13.15)

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 Posted May 4th, 2012 09:34 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Monica, I made your recipe yesterday. I used coconut oil and added all the optionals except for dates. They were DELICIOUS!!! But wow, very rich and fattening. Kinda like eating a chocolate chip cookie. My husband liked them too and ate quite a bit before they even got cut. I think I will try a lower calorie version. Like cut the sugar and oil back and maybe the peanut butter too. I love the flavor of peanut butter and coconut oil together.
I printed the others and want to try them too.



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 Posted May 12th, 2012 08:08 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Think I will try the one on the link that Wendy posted. It looks very simular to the one I like that uses marshmallows, which unfortunaly also takes peanut butter so Kandace can't eat them. We are on a granola bar eating phase here right now, the little bought things. I also make some baked ones sometimes, which ends up being more like a chocolate chip cookie bar.
Mama to Zachary, Leandra, Kandace
and 3 more.


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 Posted November 1st, 2012 09:58 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Here are some granola bar recipes that I found. I made 3 of them today and thought they were delicious! Want to make the others soon. The next time I might add more oats though, as they stayed sticky until I refrigerated them for awhile. Granola Bars
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mom to Daryn - 6; Chadric - 2
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 Posted February 23rd, 2013 04:42 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I found a delicious recipe in one of my cookbooks, and made it a few days ago. They are disappearing too quickly! Full O' Goodness Granola Bars: stir together 1 3/4 cup flour (I used spelt), 1/2 cup dry milk, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda. In a mixing bowl, cream 1 1/2 cups brown sugar (I used sucunat), 3/4 cup butter (I used part coconut oil), 1/2 cup oil (I used olive oil). Beat in 2 eggs, 1/4 cup honey (w/dollop of molasses), 1 1/2 tsp grated orange rind, 1 tsp vanilla. Stir together 1/2 cup wheat germ, 1 1/2 cups quick oats, 3/4 cup coconut, 3/4 cup chopped nuts, 1/3 cup sesame seeds (I used chopped sunflower meats. I also added ground flax seed.) Stir into batter until well mixed. Spread mixture (sticky!) in greased 11x17 inch baking pan (or two 9x13 pans). Bake at 350 degrees for 15-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Cut into bars while stilll warm.
Naomi: wife of Darrell, mommy to Jolynn (2007), Carina (2009), and Addison (in heaven)

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