Ragnar Race & Homemade Granola Bars

This past weekend, a group of 11 girls and I, embarked on a crazy adventure/race, Ragnar. It is a 2 day, 36 hour, 200 mile race from Cumberland, MD to Washington D.C. It was pretty crazy, hard, and a lot of fun. One important piece of the race=snacks. I made some homemade granola bars for myself and ate a few just before one of my legs of the race.

Granola Bars are a great way to get rid of all those leftover baking ingredients. Also, break bars apart to make granola for your yogurt parfait:)

Ingredients
1 2/3 cup quick rolled oats
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1-2 T. wheat germ
1/2 t. kosher salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
2-3 cups of ANYTHING you have or want to put in (I used craisens, m&m’s, and chopped almonds. You can also use dried fruit, coconut, variety of nuts, cherrios, etc…)
1 t. vanilla
3 T. butter
1/4 cup honey
2 T. corn syrup
1 T. water

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8 by8 in. casserole dish with parchment paper. I LOVE PARCHMENT PAPER!! Meanwhile, mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, melt butter with other wet ingredients. Heat until melted and combine. Poor over dry ingredients and mix together. Pour mixture into pan and bake for 30-40 minutes. The top should be golden brown. Cool completely. Simply lift parchment paper to remove bars. Cut bars into prefered sizes. Wrap in seran wrap and store in airtight container. I think they last for a good week:)

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2 comments

  1. Bethany, hi! How are you?
    Your blog is adorable…easy to read with a good mix of quick/short and longer posts. I love to cook too, so I especially enjoy it.

    Anyway, I recently attempted my first pass at homemade granola bars too…they were delicious, but despite using parchment paper AND letting them sit out overnight, they still fell apart instantly. How did you get yours to stay together? Did you refrigerate?

    Hope you are your family are well 🙂

    1. It is difficult to get your granola bars to stay together without adding sugar and fat. I would prefer mine to be healtier and break apart. But…I looked it up and it seems that adding honey and/or butter may do the trick. It was also recommended to use date puree to help them stay more sticky and held together. Happy Cooking:) Glad to see you’re home.

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