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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Homemade Granola Bars
We have a granola group here in China, we get together and make various recipes. This past week we made “Playgroup Granola” from allrecipes.com

But of course we had to make some changes to the original recipe.  One just because of China and second because of what we like to eat!

2 cups of Quick Oats (recipe called for rolled which I didn't have)

1/2 cup brown sugar (called for 3/4 cups of packed, seemed like a lot of sugar)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (3/4 teaspoon didn't seem like enough)
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon of salt
Generous helping of sunflower kernels (handful)
Almonds (roughly chopped) (2 handfuls)
1 cup Dried Cranberries 
1 handful of chocolate chips
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup of coconut oil (called for 1 cup of vegetable oil)
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract. (called for 2 teaspoons)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees or 175 degrees C. Generously grease a 9x13 inch baking pan. I used the trusty Crisco which always works wonderfully when greasing a pan.
In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients, including the fruit and nuts! Make a well in the center and put in the wet ingredients, then mix well until everything is wet.  Press into your greased pan and bake.  It took about 20 minutes for mine bars to brown on the edges.  Cut them as soon as you take them out of the oven, they will harden and then you won’t be able to cut them. Let them completely cool in the pan.  Seal in an air tight container, especially if you live in a place with high humidity like I do!. Enjoy!

We haven't found a source for wheat germ here yet, but it is ever on my mind when I am shopping. the dried cranberries give it a nice tart taste that contrasts with the chocolate beautifully. The recipe really doesn't need eggs. They turned out so good, I have already made a second batch. There work great for breakfast and my husband loves them.

The most freeing thing about living in China is realizing a recipe may call for something that I don't have and that's ok, what do I have and how will that work in the recipe.  So far, everything has been amazing. 



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