homemade granola bars

4 cups old fashioned oats (Gluten-Free if needed)
1 cup honey (use agave for vegan)
3/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup peanuts
optional, 3 T TriMix (1 T Wheat Germ, 1 T Wheat Bran, 1 T Oat Bran) omit for G-F
optional, 1 T ground flax seed
optional, 1/4 cup peanut butter or chocolate chips
Grease the bottom and sides 9×13 pan well.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients VERY well in a bowl. Use an electric mixer if possible like a Kitchen Aid Mixer.
Mash the granola bars into the pan well. This is the most important step!! If you don’t mash it, they won’t hold together well. We use a potato masher to solidify this peanut butter goodness.
Bake for 18 minutes or until the edges barely start browning.
Cool for 10 minutes, and cut into bars.
Store in a cool dry place for up to a month.

***recipe from practical stewardship***

to this recipe i added 1 cup dried cranberries and 1 cup white chocolate chips

*if you use regular peanut butter added 7-10 minutes to cooking time


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