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VeggieJess
« on: April 25, 2008 07:58:08 AM »

So yesterday I decided to make granola bars.  I have been getting the Nature Valley Peanut Butter ones, but they are so expensive, and I think they started making them smaller, so  I looked online to find a recipe, but didn't like any of them that I found, so I decided to make my own.  They were SOOO good, that I just want to eat all of them.  They are kinda chewy if you bake them less, otherwise they're nice and crunchy. MMMMmmm... 



Here's my recipe...

2/3 cup  brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter (natural, soupy kind, not thick JIF or Skippy)
1/3 cup agave nectar (you could use brown rice, maple or corn syrup, too)
1/2 cup melted vegan Margarine
2 tsp. vanilla

3 1/2 cups of a mixture oats and puffed brown rice (or any other cereal you wanna try)
1/2 cup peanuts (crushed a bit)
1/2 cup almonds (I used slivered)
1/4 cup dried cranberries (or any other dried fruit)
2 Tbsp ground flax (if you don't grind it your body won't absorb the nutrients, it can't break through the shell)
1/8 - 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips

 
Mix the first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl, then add the rest of ingredients and mix well.
Press into greased pan of your choice (I used 8 x 10) and bake 15-20 minutes, (depending on how dry you want them) at 350 degrees.

Cut while warm, and let cool before serving.

I made 2 batches, and froze the second batch, I'll let you know how that worked when I thaw them.
 Comments, questions, suggestions??  Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2008 11:06:43 AM »

These look really tasty.  I definitely want to try your recipe.  I've also found another one that involves hemp seeds, so it looks like I'll be stocked up on granola for a while.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2008 08:26:07 PM »

I've been looking for a granola bar recipe also. I think I'll give your recipe a try. They look delicious.
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2008 01:13:56 PM »

Those Nature Valley ones are so damn tasty, my fave is vanilla nut. Your recipe looks yummy!
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2008 08:58:56 PM »

I made these last week (minus the dried fruit, since I didn't have any on hand), and they lasted about 3 days.  Even my boyfriend liked them, and he's pretty picky with the baked goods. 

I made another 2 batches tonight.  The first one was pretty much the same as the previous one, but with some bran thrown in.  For the second one, I used Nutella instead of peanut butter, corn syrup (a little more than called for) instead of agave nectar, and almond extract instead of vanilla, and I omitted the chocolate chips.  They're both really really good.  I love how easy it is to adapt this recipe.
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2008 07:23:57 AM »

Thanks everyone! 

What a coincidence jagger, I just made 2 more batches last night as well!  I pretty much tend to stick to the recipe, as I don't have a lot of stuff to substitute, but I never measure anything!  Also, I usually use less sugar.  Because of my lack of measuring skills, they fell apart last night... And I also should have baked them for a little longer than I did! 

I doubt they'll last through the weekend!
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« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2008 06:47:14 AM »

These sound soooo good. I'm going to have to try making them. Thanks!
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