Amber's Granola Bars
Here is a great recipe for using your stored oats, honey, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, etc.
• 6 cups Rolled Oats (not Quick Oats)
• 4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted, Plus More For Greasing
• 1/4 cup Vegetable Or Olive Oil
• 1 teaspoon Salt
• 1 cup Brown Sugar
• 1/2 cup Honey
• 1/4 cup Apple Juice (I make mine fresh from our juicer)
• 1/4 cup Molasses
• 3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
• 1-1/2 cup Rice Krispies (can be substituted for Optional Ingredients)
• 1 cup Wheat Germ
• 1/2 cup Finely Chopped Pecans
• 1/4 cup Roughly Chopped Almonds
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a bowl, toss the oats with the canola oil, melted butter and salt. Spread the mixture out on 2 baking sheets and toast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, shaking the pan twice and making sure they don't burn. Remove from the oven and set aside.
Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F.
In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, apple juice and molasses. Heat the mixture slowly, stirring until all combined. Stir in the vanilla.
Toss together the toasted oats, rice cereal, wheat germ, pecans and almonds. Pour in the sugar mixture, stirring as you pour. Toss to combine; it will be sticky!
Press into 1 baking sheet (thoroughly greased with butter, or line pan with foil and grease foil) and bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut pieces with a sharp knife and remove from the pan.
These are really easy and fun to make! They last a long time as well. My husband and I are going to make a batch and food saver them to test how long they will stay not only edible, but also how long they will stay fresh tasting. Our guess is several months.
May the Lord bless each of you, and may you enjoy these as much as we do!
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