This is not an original recipe, but I have given credit to the original poster (and creator) of the recipe. I have used it a lot, and love playing with the adaptations. My favorite is dried apricots, macadamia nuts & white chocolate chips….YUM 🙂
These are great because you can customize them any way you want them. I’ve made them MANY MANY times, and they are consistently delicous. I have had this recipe for probably 12-13 years, and got it from the internet many many years ago. I don’t use the nutmeg or the cloves. I have also subbed almond butter for the peanut butter a couple of times too. I use all natural peanut butter, not the ones that have sugar in them like Jif & Skippy.
Chewy Granola Bars
Originally posted by Deb Vaughn
1 cup honey
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter (I have used chunky too)
2 2/3 cups rolled oats
1 cup fresh whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup wheat germ
2 cups “mix -ins” (any combination of the following: raisins, coconut, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, unsalted peanuts, miniature M&Ms(Sunspire offers a grainsweetened alternative that we just LOVE), any finely chopped dried fruit such as dates, apricots, apples, etc I have also used sunflower seeds, chopped pecans, etc))
Mix honey and peanut butter until well blended. It might help to wram the honey in the microwave for about 20 seconds so that it isn’t so stiff. Stir in oats, flour, wheat germ and mix-ins. If mixture seems too dry, add water 1 Tbsp. at a time, if it is too sticky, add aoats 1 Tbsp at a time. Mixture should be slightly sticky, but still easily spread in a pan with greased fingers. Press into a 9 x 13 pan lightly oiled. Bake at 350 degrees until barely browned. DO NOT OVERBAKE!!!!! ( I start with 7 minutes and then add increments of 2 minutes as needed) Cut while warm into desired sized bars. When completely cool, remove from pan wtih a spatula. Wrap each bar separately in plastic wrap and then store ina ziploc bag or air-tight container. These freeze extremely well. Save the crumbs for ice cream topping. Makes about 2 dozen bars.