Store-bought granola bars too often resemble candy bars with swirls of peanut butter and caramel drizzles, so make one from scratch that features whole-wheat flour, whole-grain granola, and fruit.
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
3 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2/3 cup)
1.6 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1/3 cup)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups whole-grain granola
3/4 cup chopped dried mixed tropical fruit
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Coat a 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan with cooking spray; dust with 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour.
Weigh or lightly spoon 3 ounces all-purpose flour and 6 ounces whole-wheat flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Combine sugar and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until smooth. Add flour mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Fold in granola and fruit. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with coconut.
Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.
I made this for my family and it turned out wonderful. I did substitute a few things. I added pumpkin seeds and cranberries. I also put the oatmeal, pumpkin seeds, coconut and almonds in the oven for 20 minutes which gave it a very good golden brown. I then mixed all of my dry ingredients together. After that I took a cup of honey half a cup of peanut butter two eggs and my 3/4 cup of oil and mixed it together separately from the dry ingredients. And then poured over all of my dry ingredients and mix. It turned out wonderfully. After putting it in my glass pan I press down the batter to a flat consistency which I think caused all ingredients to really press together. I like my granola nutty chewy and sweet so I added more than the recipe called for with those items. I also only use wheat flour which I used a cup. A half a cup of brown sugar and no milk. And a full cup of coconut which made it a little moist inside of the bar . I know that a recipe is a recipe but I like to experiment with the measurement this worked for me.
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