|I used to take a Snickers bar in the car as a snack...|
Now I take granola.
This weekend I made 3 granola recipes using oats. I managed to finish this task in one hour, and that was with a 5 year old "helping" me. :)
Making granola and granola bars with oats is actually pretty easy. You mix the dry ingredients (oats, chia seeds, nuts, whatever else) in one bowl and then I would use a 2 cup glass measuring cup for the wet ingredients (honey, peanut butter, Nutella, oil) which I would then microwave to melt. After melting, pour over the dry ingredients, mix, and pop in the oven.
All of these recipes I found from bloggers on Pinterest. I will give credit to all as I followed their recipes, in some cases making tweaks due to being low on ingredients or in a rush and just plain old messing up the order of events. Regardless, everything came out fantastic and I am a granola maker.
|Here is the final output of my granola fun!|
Recipe #1: Cheerios Granola
- Dry ingredients: 3 cups oats, 2 cups Cheerios (I used multigrain), 1/2 tsp. cinnamon.
- Wet ingredients: 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup peanut butter (melt and pour over the dry).
- I spread the mixture on parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet.
- I baked at 250F for 30 minutes and stirred it at the 15 minute mark.
I must give credit to Kristine's Kitchen Blog for this recipe!
|Once they came out of the oven, sweet and crunchy.|
|Perfect to pop into a Tupperware to take on a road trip.|
Recipe #2: Nutella Granola
- Dry ingredients: 2.5 cups oats, 1/2 cup chopped pecans (original recipe called for hazelnuts).
- Wet ingredients: 1/4 cup Nutella, 2 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp canola oil (melt and pour over the dry).
- Add a pinch of salt to the mix.
- I then added 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips - whoops, the recipe says to add it after cooled...oh well...
- Spread the mix on parchment paper on a rimmed baking sheet.
- I baked at 325F for 30 minutes and stirred it at the 15 minute mark.
I must give credit to Julie's Eats and Treats for the original recipe! You can read Julie's recipe and see which way you would like to make yours.
|The taste reminds me of Cocoa Krispies!|
|I ate so much of this that I made my husband send the rest to a friend.|
Otherwise I would have eaten it all!
Recipe #3 Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
- Dry ingredients: 4 cups oats, 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
- Wet ingredients: 3/4 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup honey (melt and pour over the dry)
- Add chocolate chips - I really have no idea how much I added - I just dumped the remainder of my semi sweet bag of chocolate chips into the mixture.
- Spread into a 9 X 13 baking pan.
- I baked at 350F for 30 minutes. Cool and cut into squares. What a great way to replace those name brand bars - cheaper, healthier, and you know what went in your food!
Thanks to Jessica for this recipe from How Sweet it is!
|I may have overdone it a bit on the chocolate chips ...|
Well, the kids did not complain about it.
|I cut these up into squares.|
Guess what the kids and husband get in their lunches every day?