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Friday, November 13, 2009

Foodie Friday: Homemade Granola Bars

So many of my shorebird friends (and my landlocked sister in PA) have drooled over and asked me for a recent recipe for homemade granola bars, I thought I'd share the love today with my first "Foodie Friday."  I have tweaked the original recipe to adapt to what was originally in my kitchen the first time I made the bars.  The excellent original recipe can be found on the wonderful blog Joyful Adobe.

Alright, here it is.

Homemade Granola Bars

4 cups prepared granola (I use Target's blueberry flax mix)
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
4 Tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp Kosher salt

1.  Line a 9x13 pan with greased wax paper (I used Pam; you could use butter, shortening, lard, etc.)
2.  Pour prepared granola into a large mixing bowl.
3.  Combine brown sugar, honey, butter, vanilla, and salt in a medium saucepan.  Stir constantly until combined and simmering.
4.  Pour honey and sugar mixture onto the granola in the mixing bowl.  Fold into the granola.
5.  Carefully spread the granola mixture evenly into the 9x13 pan.
6.  Grease another piece of wax paper and use it to cover the granola.
7.  Now for the important step: Use your hand to firmly press the granola.  Get into all the corners.  PRESS HARD.  This will help the bars stay together after you chill them.
8.  Chill 2-3 hours in the fridge.
9.  Carefully peel the top piece of wax paper off and discard.  Turn the granola onto a cutting board, and discard the bottom piece of wax paper.  Let sit 10 minutes so cutting the bars is not a heroic feat.
10.  Cut the bars into the shape you desire.  My husband and I prefer to individually wrap ours with plastic wrap so they are portable to work, etc.  If yours are staying home, you can store them in a container with wax paper between each layer.

ENJOY!!  These bars are truly delicious!

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