Quick Recipe for your Holiday Weekend

I found this (basic) recipe on Kitchen Stewardship, but did some alterations to take out the wheat and change it up a bit…  This is also a good way to use some of your bulk grains – I ground up some of the oat groats I packaged a couple weeks ago to make the oat flour.  I had quick-oats on hand, so no need to flake my own.  🙂

Homemade, Wheat-Free Granola Bars

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (REAL maple syrup – not pancake syrup)

Cream these together with a mixer

Add:

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1+ tsp of vanilla (I like a little extra)
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 4-1/2 cups of quick oats

Mix together until thoroughly blended.

Hand mix in some extras to taste (no more than two cups total) – you can consider dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, cocoa nibs, etc.  I used mini chocolate chips and slivered almonds.

Smoosh the whole concoction into a lightly buttered 9×13 pan – smoosh it down good so they stick together. Don’t be afraid to use your hands – just wash ’em good first. After all, this is HOMEMADE!

Bake for about a half hour on 325 degrees.  You may need to go a little longer or shorter, depending on your oven.  Watch for when the top is nicely browned.  The original recipe called for 15-20 minutes.  I had to put them back in the oven this morning because they just weren’t cooked enough and basically fell apart because they were too soft.  Mighty tasty, but not hand-eatable.  🙂

Don’t try to cut into bars until completely cooled.  You could probably even stick it in the fridge for a while.  Should make about 20 bars – equivalent to FOUR boxes of store bought granola bars, but much healthier and WAY cheaper!  Keep in an air tight container until all gobbled up!

Enjoy!

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On an unrelated note.  For the longest time I’ve been getting about 10-20 daily reads on my blog.  I’m not sure what happened this past week, but I’m suddenly getting 50-100 reads daily!  Woo-Hoo!  So welcome to all those who are new!  If there’s something you’d like me to cover, by all means let me know!

Happy Memorial Day to all our veterans, firemen and police officers – Thank you for your service, and for putting your lives on the line so the rest of us can live a safe, secure life of freedom.  Love ya’s!

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