Saturday, November 03, 2007

Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease 9x9 pan.

In a large bowl mix, combine:

1 1/2 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. oat bran
1/4 c. dry nonfat milk powder
1/2 c. raisins (or we've used dried blueberries, currants, etc with success)

Mix well to insure that raisins are separated.

In a small saucepan, combine:

1/3 c. honey
1/4 c. peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1/4 c. extra light (in flavour) olive oil
1/2 t. vanilla extract

Stir the mixture well for a few moments over very low heat. Do not let the mixture get hot. Remove from heat and add:

1 egg

then mix well. Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture. With a wooden spoon, blend well until all the dry ingredients are moistened.

Pour into pan and distribute the batter evenly. Bake 20 minutes.

Once removed from oven, score into bars with the edge of a spatula. Let the bars cool in the pan, and then invert them onto a plate and cut thru to separate. Store in air tight container.

from The brown bag lunch cookbook

ps: not sure why the recipe would call for specifically using a wooden spoon for stirring. if you know, please leave it in the comments!! ;O)

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