As some of you may know I have been working on my granola bar recipe (there are lots of tips here for how to make the perfect crispy granola bar) these days. While whipping up a batch last week I had a brain wave to try and make a sweet and salty granola bar. So I made some alterations to the recipe to come up with a delicious bar that I have been enjoying snacking on all week.
Snackin Granola Bars
3 1/2 cups *toasted oats (remember if you are using large flake; grind)
1 cup Dried fruit (craisins, raisins, chocolate chips, coconut)
1 cup chopped nuts (sunflower seeds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds)
2/3 cups melted Margarine (or I like 1/3 melted margarine, 1/3 melted peanut butter)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey, corn syrup or molasses
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients, mix well. Press firmly into a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in pre heated oven 350 for20 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.
* to toast oats place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for ~10-15 minutes or until oats are turning a golden brown
I love how the recipe can be altered and changed to your own personal preference. What I did to make it more of a sweet and salty bar was instead of using 3 1/2 cups of rolled oats I only used 3 cups and added ~ 1/2 cup of crushed pretzels. Also instead of adding chocolate chips (because I didn't have many left) to the top like usual I melted them down and spread it all over the top. Oh my are these bars so good. I think I have finally nailed the recipe!!
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