Homemade Granola Cookie Bars
Do you like fruit or nuts in your granola?
Granola is a great tasting food that has the bonus of being a good source of energy, protein and fiber. There are many ways to enjoy it: people eat it in cereals, as high fiber enegry bars, and even enjoy it in cookies.
The ingredients for most granola recipes are pretty basic: oats, maple syrup, and brown sugar; Many people like to add fruit or nuts to their granola (or both).
Many different types of granola is avaible at the store; either in bulk form or as brand name cereals.
The following is a recipe to make homemade granola cookies (similar to oatmeal cookies). You can make these cookies in many variations: as individual cookies, loaded with nuts like cashews and almonds, or packed with fruits like raisins and dried cranberries. You can make them with whole wheat flour, or all-purpose flour or a combination of both.
Any way you choose to make these cookie bars, they are sure to taste better and be healthier and more nutritious than most of the prepackage granola energy bars at the store.
1 cup (8 ounces) of Granola Cereal (your choice)
½ cup of rolled oats (uncooked oatmeal)
1 cup of all-purpose flour, or whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of salt
½ cup of brown sugar, firmly packed
½ cup of white sugar
¼ cup of unsalted butter (half a stick)
¼ cup of vegetable oil
1 whole egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of whole milk
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) of creamy peanut butter, optional
(butter flavored cooking spray)
(casserole / baking dish)
1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degree F.
2. In standing mixer (or using a large mixing bowl and an egg beater) beat together the ¼ cup of unsalted butter and ¼ cup of vegetable oil (you can using a ½ cup of just butter or a half cup of vegetable oil if you do not wish to use both together).
3. Add the white sugar and the firmly packed brown sugar and blend them together with the butter and oil mixture until well combined and fluffy.
4. Add the whole eggs, the teaspoon of vanilla extract, and the tablespoon of whole milk to the mixture and beat together until well incorporated.
5. Add the 2 tablespoons (one ounce) of peanut butter now, if you are choosing to use it for this recipe.
6. In a medium mixing bowl sift together all-purpose flour (or wheat flour) the baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
7. In a separate small bowl combine the one cup of granola cereal and the rolled oats.
8. Slowly add the flour mixture (in three parts) to the egg and butter batter; allow each addition to fully mix into the batter before adding the next part.
9. Scrap down the sides of the mixing bowl and mix together.
10. Add the granola cereal and oats to the batter and mix well, until all the ingredients are fully combined.
11. Spray a 13 x 9 inch (medium or large) baking or casserole dish with a butter flavored cooking spray or rub it down with unsalted butter.
12. Spread the batter evenly into the baking dish.
13. Bake granola cookie batter for 20-25 minutes (check on it at 20 minutes, to make sure it is not burning).
14. The cookies will be done when the batter is lightly golden brown on top.
15. Allow the cookie bar to cool completely (about one hour) before cutting into squares and serving are packing in an airtight container and refrigerating.