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Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

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Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

These Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars are great for on the go snacking or a quick breakfast or after dinner sweet treat. Since you know exactly what’s in them, you don’t have to worry about what your kids are eating.  With wholesome oats and sweet raisins, these bars will give you energy & keep you going!
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Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

Ingredients

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  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Scant 1 teaspoon salt
  • 11/2 cups toasted coconut
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together the oats, oil and butter.
  3. Spread the mixture onto two baking sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes, shaking frequently.
  4. Put the oat mixture back into the bowl.
  5. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees.
  6. Line one of the baking sheets with tinfoil and grease with cooking spray.
  7. Add the cereal, coconut and raisins to mixture in the bowl, then set aside.
  8. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, and molasses.
  9. Heat the mixture slowly, stirring to combine.
  10. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.
  11. Pour the liquid over the granola mixture and toss to coat well.
  12. Dump the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and press down with the back of a spatula. Sprinkle to the top with chocolate chips and/or walnuts as desired, pressing gently into the granola mixture.
  13. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let sit for 20 minutes. Then carefully lift the granola bars from pan using the tinfoil.
  14. Set the entire piece (with tinfoil) onto a cooling rack and cool for one hour.
  15. Store in a sealed container for about 1 week.

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