Granola Bars – I need help!

I have been experimenting with granola bar recipes for several weeks. We’ve been eating a lot of granola bars around here! The trouble is, there is a recipe from my childhood that is simply the best for texture and taste. But it’s got too much sugar in it, and it’s got the dreaded corn syrup. I’m going to post it here, and I’m hoping some of you will try it, and then help me to revise it in such a way that it becomes healthier, without losing the taste and texture. I don’t mind if it’s not quite as sweet, but I really, really like this texture. I like that it’s not cakey, it has no flour, and it’s not too crunchy. It’s nice and chewy and sticks together well. Not too crumbly. If you think you’ve got a solution, feel free to post a comment! Here goes:

1 cup brown sugar

2/3 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup melted butter

1/2 cup corn syrup

2 tsp vanilla

3 cups oatmeal

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup flax or sunflower seeds

1/2 cup raisins or finely chopped dates

1/3 cup wheat germ

2 Tbsp sesame seeds (toasted, if desired)

1 cup chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together well. Press into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350* for 20 minutes. Let cool. Cut into bars.


4 Responses to Granola Bars – I need help!

  1. Melodie says:

    Hey Jana, I have this recipe that I’ve never actually tried, but its worth a shot if your interested!
    2 c. white sugar
    3/4 c. water
    1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
    Dash of salt
    Combine all ingredients in a heavy, large pan. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and put cover on it for 3 minutes to get sugar crystals off the sides of the pan. Uncover and cook until it reaches soft ball stage. Stir often.
    Cool syrup and store in a covered container at room temperature. It will keep for about 2 months. Makes almost 2 cups.

  2. shavon says:

    Hi Jana i love the web site!!!!
    anyway this is the recipe i use for granola bars and if i don’t have corn syrup i use honey!!!! it works just as well and taste the same.
    i think i have to go make some now

  3. Yvonne says:

    I agree with Shavon – honey is a great substitute for corn syrup. Or you can use Agave nectar or syrup. It’s expensive though from the health food store.

  4. Cathy says:

    just a word about the Agave nectar/syrup, you can buy it at Superstore, although not at all Superstores, and it is diabetic “friendly”…

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