This in combination with the fact that I'm still not eating much of a breakfast in the morning, I took on making my own granola bars! I figure this way I will know what's in them, and they're the perfect grab and go breakfast food. This morning I tossed a granola bar, an apple and an orange in my purse and was off!
Here are the goods!
One cup whole wheat flour, 2 cups rolled oats
1/2 Cup Powdered Skim Milk
This is the money shot... I *heart* honey!
My new best friend, the flax seed
Variety mix of pumpkin seeds, almonds, and raisins
The earth's candy... Dried red currents, apricot, pineapple papaya and raisins
Chopped and saved 1/2 for the next batch.
All the yummies mixed up and ready to go!
Just ready to go in the over!! They already smelled SOO good!
The good stuff!! There are no pictures of me dipping the bars cause I was WAY too wrapped up in how heavenly it was!! :)
Voila!! Easy Peasy!! This batch made 16 bars, which is perfect to last Jon and I through 1 week... giving us each one bar a day with a little wiggle room! :)
And here's the recipe! The cross outs are what the recipe called for, and I substituted for, or eliminated.
2 Cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup dry skim milk powder
1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup flax seed
1/2 cup chopped dried pineapple, apricot etc.
1/4 cup shelled pumpkin or sunflower seeds
pinch of salt
1/2 cup oil (I used sunflower seed oil, but evoo would be fine too if that's all you have handy)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat over to 350 F. Grease glass baking dish.
Combine all ingredients except chocolate. Pat into the pan with moist hands. Bake for 30 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Cut while still hot, but let cool completely before taking out of the pan.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave on high for 2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir the chocolate.
I've wrapped mine individually with cellophane, and put them in a zip lock in the fridge so they're super easy to grab and go! No fuss!! No muss!! Enjoy!