Handmade Strawberry Granola Bars

By Holly Giles | popular

Dealing with food allergies can be difficult, especially for snacks on the go.
I look for easy recipes we all can enjoy. One that has become a big hit for my boys is making
granola bars from scratch, that do not fall apart!

This granola bars recipe that I started with, I found at Confessions of a Homeschooler, which we made and it  turned out great.  Then I wanted to know if I could put fruit in the middle of a granola bar that would actually stay together too!  I tinkered with variations and now this is our recipe.


The Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups oats, 1 cup whole wheat or flour variation of your choice, 1 TBL cinnamon, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 C brown sugar,  mix together in a large mixing bowl.
  • 1/2 C Coconut oil, or canola oil, 1 egg, 1/2 C honey, 1tsp vanilla, 1/4 C of strawberry jam or your choice
  • Mixins:  I add 1/4 C coconut flakes, and on occasion a few white chocolate chips, raisins, you can add whatever you like, about a 1/4 C full.
  • After mixing all ingredients together, except for the strawberry jam, spread 1/2 the mixture in the bottom of a 9″ square or 9 x 12 pan.  Now, spread your jam over the top, using the back of a spoon works great.  Then put the remaining mixture on top in dollops and pat it down with a spatula.

Variations:

In our own granola bars, I add wheat germ and flax seed (sometimes).

 We have also used blueberry jam in the middle of the granola bars.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until golden brown, cool for 10 minutes then cut and cool on a rack for about 20 minutes.  You have now made your own fruit filled granola bars!!   The bars in the photo were for friends, so I topped them with melted chocolate chips.

 Ours seem to disappear quickly around here, so it has boy approval.
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