Saturday, April 16, 2011

Homemade Granola Bars

These are a fun, quicky and easy project.  They taste good, too!  I've used fat free sweetened condensed milk before with good results.  This time around, I used chopped white chocolate with a few chocolate chips thrown in.  You can add whatever grains and seeds to these that you want.  (I never use quick oats, but I did for these, because I accidentally bought a little container of them a while ago.  I think regular oats would be good too). 

Homemade Granola Bars

3 cups quick-cooking oats*
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

2.In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sweetened condensed milk, butter, coconut, almonds, chocolate chips and cranberries with your hands until well blended. Press flat into the prepared pan.

3.Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, depending on how crunchy you want them. Lightly browned just around the edges will give you moist, chewy bars. Let cool for 5 minutes, cut into squares then let cool completely before serving.
*Look for gluten-free oats if gluten is an issue.

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