Homemade Granola Bars 2

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The kids really loved the homemade granola bars I made last week.  However, Brian’s comment was “They’d probably be good if there was no peanut butter in them.”  Today I decided to try another recipe (no peanut butter).  It might be more healthy than those you can buy in the store, but I don’t think they are very low-cal!  The kids like them, however, so I can send them to school for snacks this week.  I love that this recipe is very versatile – use whatever you have on hand.  Here is the recipe I adapted from allrecipes.com.

Easy Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 3 cups whatever else you have on hand.  I used:  rice crispy cereal, silvered almonds, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips.  Other options:  flaked coconut, raisins, crasins, reeces’ pieces, trail mix.
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 TBS butter – melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Put the sweetened condensed milk in a bowl of warm water.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the other ingredients with you hands until well blended.
  4. Add the sweetened condensed milk.
  5. Press firmly into the prepared pan.  (I wet my hands and use them for this step, also.)
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven, depending on how crunchy you like them.  Let cool for 5 minutes, then cut.  Let cool completely before serving.
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