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More Homemade Granola Bars

I've modified this recipe slightly, and it's even better!

1) I removed the brown sugar. Honestly, it's sweet enough with all the honey. With the brown sugar it was too sweet.

2) I've added (drum roll) - cocoa powder!!!! This meant removing other spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.) to avoid flavour clashes.

3) I've added sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and chopped walnuts.

Next I'm going to try replacing the oil with peanut butter, to create a chocolate/peanut butter flavour. The only problem with this (and the chopped walnuts) is that I couldn't send that version to school in September because of the rules against nuts (allergies).

Still, why not have a peanut butter version for the summer? I'll let you know how they turn out :)

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Homemade Granola Bars

So I thought I'd try making some. Just because, well, why not? The cereal bars that you buy in the store are pretty expensive, and not really that nutritious.

Here's the recipe I followed:

4 cups rolled oats
1 cup flour
1/2 cup each of flax, coconut, quinoa, wheat germ, raisins, chocolate chips
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar

Basically you mix everything together, pack it all into a 9x13 inch greased pan, bake it at about 325F for about 18-22 minutes.

Easy, right? Let me tell you, they were delicious, but they fell apart even after they were cooled. Now all I have to do is figure out where I went wrong (or figure out how to send sticky granola cereal to school with a five and seven year old ;)
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