Granola Chewy Bar Recipe

Look in any kid’s lunchbox and you will more than likely find a granola bar, ready-made, from the supermarket, pre-packaged. The nicest way to get your kids eating something healthy, and yummy, is to make it yourself – it means no preservatives and all natural ingredients. This recipe is there to be played around with! Feel free to add chocolate chips, or adding dried strawberries is a lovely touch. Try adding yoghurt in as a drizzle on top for some more sweetness, whichever you choose, it is absolutely delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg of rolled oats
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 650g soft butter
  • 500g honey
  • 300g brown sugar
  • 500g chocolate chips

Method:

Mix your dry ingredients together. The flour, rolled oats, and baking powder, and make sure they are fully combined.

In a saucepan, add the sugar to the butter, and melt down a little bit. Add in the honey and vanilla extract and melt some more.

Once this is all fully combined, but not boiling hot, just warm, pour it over the dry ingredients. Mix together thoroughly, it will be quite difficult to move the spoon but keep persevering!

Once this is combined, add in the chocolate.

Heat your oven to 170C.

Grease a baking tray, thoroughly, with greaseproof paper. These bars are very sticky!

A nice touch at this stage is to dust cocoa powder over the greased tin, shaking out the excess. This makes the bars easier to handle and much less sticky, but is tastier than flour.

Lightly press the oat mixture into the tray, careful so make it rectangular shaped. This is too sticky to find its own place in the tray, so you need to press it yourself.

Cook for about twenty minutes until golden brown and crunchy.

Once out of the oven, using a knife dipped in warm water to cut the mix into bars. Don’t try and take them out yet because they are not set at all and will crumble!

Once completely cooled, take them out.

If you want a chocolate drizzle on them like shop bought bars, simply melt down some white chocolate and drizzle over the top. To make it thicker, melt the chocolate with equal quantities double cream. This acts as a thickening agent, and makes it richer.

Wrap in cellophane with a twist at either end for presentation.

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