I went home for a few days this past weekend and did some baking for my parents. My mom is eye ball deep in tax returns at work and didn’t have any snacks on the counter the way my family normally does. I made unbaked cookies, known as frog guts in my family, and used up the last of the rolled oats we had in the cupboard. Mom was picking up groceries that night so she brought home a new bag of Rogers Large Flake Oats. We are normally a Quaker family so I made a joke that she was buying these just because my dad’s name is Roger.
I noticed a recipe on the back of the bag though for “U-Design” granola bars and decided to give the recipe a try. I liked that I could add to the recipe based on what I had on hand.
- 2 1/2 cups large flake oats
- 2 cups crisp rice cereal
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup nuts (sliced almonds, chopped hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts)
- 1 cup dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, chopped apricots)
- 1 cup seeds (sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds)
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 cup brown sugar
Combine large flake oats, coconut, crisp rice, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits; set aside.
Place butter, honey and brown sugar in a large pot (4-5 L). Over medium heat stir to combine ingredients as butter melts. When mixture begins to bubble add dry ingredients and stir well. Cook approximately 7 minutes until mixture is light, golden brown, stirring constantly to avoid over-browning. Lower heat if mixture is darkening too quickly. Press into lightly greased 9×13 pan. Press down firmly. Cool completely. Cut into bars and wrap individually.
These were amazing! I made mine using Craisins, sunflower seeds, and sliced almonds. I added a cup of chocolate chips not realizing that I had to cook everything together, so of course the chocolate chips melted. It was actually a happy mistake though because now every bite has a hint of chocolate in it. In the future I think I will add some of the chocolate chips when it is being cooked, and then add a few more once I’ve removed the granola from the heat so they don’t all melt.
The granola bars were a hit with my family. The bag didn’t contain any nutritional information, but the front of the bag said the oats were a good source of protein, and really there’s not a lot of sugar. Probably not the healthiest option, but I don’t think they’d be terrible for you either. I definitely want to try these again with a new combination of ingredients.
Will I make this again? As soon as I have the ingredients!