Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Granola Bars

For some reason, unknown to me, I have never found a recipe for granola bars that appealed to me...until recently, that is!
The recipe came from Stone Gable and it is a keeper, although not low in calories!
Granola Bars:

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
1  1/2 teaspoon Madagascar Vanilla
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1  1/2 cups rolled oats
1  1/4 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup assorted dried fruit (I used cherries, cranberries, blueberries & mango)
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup Heath Bar bits

Beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg and honey and beat well.  Add vanilla and whipped cream cheese and beat until well mixed.

In a separate bowl stir together the flour, cinnamon, salt, rolled oats and Rice Krispies. Now, stir into the butter mixture.

Add dried fruit, chocolate chips, almonds and pecan.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray or line pan with parchment paper.
Pour the granola mixture into prepared pan and press with a silcone spatula firmly.  

Finally, sprinkle the Heath Bits over the top.

Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Cut into bars while still warm.

I packaged the bars first in saran wrap and then cut pieces of waxed paper to wrap around the middle of the bars.  I finished by tying with bakers twine.

These bars were made for the Team Issy Bake Sale at Trinity Lutheran Church.  https://www.facebook.com/TeamIssy
Please consider visiting the above link to find out about Issy!  Donations for Issy's treatment can be made on the  http://elberta-alert.org/        page.     

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