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DYI Granola Bars – Saving tons of money!

August 27, 2013

Beautiful, sticky, tasty homemade granola. Eat quickly to enjoy before your husband or children. ;)

Beautiful, sticky, tasty homemade granola. Eat quickly to enjoy before your husband or children. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Canola Oil, Vanilla, Rice Crisp cereal, Salt, Molasses, Honey, Rolled oats (not Instant), Chocolate Chips,Not pictured brown sugar “Doh” Pecans, Slivered almonds, Coconut oil spray, Apple juice

Melt your butter in the microwave. Cover it with paper towel or wax paper for no spatter...

Melt your butter in the microwave. Cover it with paper towel or wax paper for no spatter…

Pour melted butter into the oats with canoila oil. Top with a pinch of salt.

Pour melted butter into the oats with canola oil. Top with a pinch of salt.

Make sure your butter is melted all the way.... Not like mine....

Make sure your butter is melted all the way…. Not like mine….

Find the spoon happiest to do your mixing jobs for this project. :)

Find the spoon happiest to do your mixing jobs for this project. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pour your oat mixture on a cookie sheet

Pour your oat mixture on a cookie sheet

Shake it out and show off your puppy war wounds...

Shake it out and show off your puppy war wounds…

Set timer for 15 minutes. Or 14 minutes 52 seconds lol...

Set timer for 15 minutes. Or 14 minutes 52 seconds lol…

Heat a small sauce pan on stove top...

Heat a small sauce pan on stove top…

Spray your cups with coconut spray for easy clean up. (Realize after that you wont use dry cups for wet ingredients...

Spray your cups with coconut spray for easy clean up. (Realize after that you wont use dry cups for wet ingredients…

Pour honey and molasses using the cup you used for canoila oil for easier clean up. Resist the urge to try the molasses until mixture is created... I gagged...

Pour honey and molasses using the cup you used for canola oil for easier clean up. Resist the urge to try the molasses until mixture is created… I gagged…

Line your cookie sheet with foil.

Line your cookie sheet with foil.

Spray Cookie sheet with coconut oil spray.  No chemicals like the other cooking sprays.

Spray Cookie sheet with coconut oil spray. No chemicals like the other cooking sprays.

Smash your nuts! Way easier than chopping and allows for therapy also. :)

Smash your nuts! Way easier than chopping and allows for therapy also. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pour toasted oats in the bowl with rice crisp cereal and spill all over.

Pour toasted oats in the bowl with rice crisp cereal and spill all over.

Vaccum after spilling oats of floor. :)

Vaccum after spilling oats of floor. ๐Ÿ™‚

Spray your hand with coconut oil... get grossed out in having dirty hands! And smash down mixture onto cookie sheet.

Spray your hand with coconut oil… get grossed out in having dirty hands! And smash down mixture onto cookie sheet.

Cook that granola girl!

Cook that granola girl!

Dump a whole bag of chips on wait for the heat from hot granola to melt them and make a mess smearing it with a spoon

Dump a whole bag of chips on wait for the heat from hot granola to melt them and make a mess smearing it with a spoon

Make sure to sample the corner a few times....

Make sure to sample the corner a few times….

Beautiful, sticky, tasty homemade granola. Eat quickly to enjoy before your husband or children. ;)

Beautiful, sticky, tasty homemade granola. Eat quickly to enjoy before your husband or children. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I halved this recipe, well because I realized that my container of oats did not contain 6 cups. Worked just the same. I found the recipe on the Pioneer woman’s blog and I thought I would give it a try to see if I could live up to the food network queen’s abilities. This is her recipe with the wheat germ omitted.

Ingredients
โ– 6 cups Rolled Oats (not Quick Oats)
โ– 4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted, Plus More For Greasing
โ– 1/4 cup Vegetable Or Canola Oil
โ– 1 teaspoon Salt
โ– 1 cup Brown Sugar
โ– 1/2 cup Honey
โ– 1/4 cup Apple Juice
โ– 1/4 cup Molasses
โ– 3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
โ– 1-1/2 cup Rice Krispies
โ– 1/2 cup Finely Chopped Pecans
โ– 1/4 cup Roughly Chopped Almonds
โ– 8 ounces, weight Milk Chocolate Or Chocolate Almond Bark, Melted (optional)

Preparation Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl, toss the oats with the canola oil, melted butter and salt. Spread the mixture out on 2 baking sheets and toast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, shaking the pan twice and making sure they don’t burn. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F.

In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, apple juice and molasses. Heat the mixture slowly, stirring until all combined. Stir in the vanilla.

Toss together the toasted oats, rice cereal, wheat germ, pecans and almonds. Pour in the sugar mixture, stirring as you pour. Toss to combine; it will be sticky!

Press into 1 baking sheet (thoroughly greased with butter, or line pan with foil and grease foil) and bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut pieces with a sharp knife and remove from the pan.

OPTIONAL

Dip the cooled granola bars straight into the melted chocolate so that the top is plain and the bottom is chocolate-covered. Set on parchment until set, sticking in the fridge to hasten this along if necessary. I obviously didn’t have time for this so I used the shortcut method.

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