I saw this recipe posted on the Facebook wall of my friend, my former college roommate. I don’t remember ever baking together in our freshman dorm, but I do remember listening to and singing along to Pink’s “Just Like a Pill” at high volume. Now that Pink has a kiddo of her own, she’s probably whipping up a batch of homemade granola bars as well, for all I know! PB & J is a classic combo, so you really can’t go wrong with that. The recipe yields enough to keep you snack-ready all week. I baked mine in a 9 by 9 silicone pan, so they’re slightly thinner. That doesn’t bother me and made it easier to get out of the pan. Next time I may make a slightly larger amount to compensate, though.
Original Recipe From: One Ingredient Chef
Original Recipe Located At: http://www.oneingredientchef.com/pbj-granola-bars/
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup Sucanat (sugar)
- 2 tablespoons flaxseeds (I used ground flaxseeds; I am sure the whole ones are good for the granola bar crunch/consistency, but they are worse than popcorn kernels when it comes to getting stuck in your teeth and driving you crazy)
- pinch sea salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup raspberry jam
1) Preheat the oven to 350º F. Add the coconut oil, apple sauce, and peanut butter to a saucepan over low heat until melted and incorporated.
2) Meanwhile, combine the dry ingredients: rolled oats, flour, Sucanat (sugar), flaxseeds (whole or ground), and salt in a mixing bowl. When the liquid ingredients are melted, slowly drizzle them into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until well combined.
3) Add the granola to a lightly-oiled 8 x 8 inch pan and press down evenly. Top with the raspberry jam and use a knife (like above) to scrape and swirl the jam into the top layer of the granola mixture.
4) Bake for about 30 minutes until lightly browned and firm, but don’t overcook because the edges will burn fairly easily.
5) Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before attempting to cut and remove from the pan.
Dark chocolate peanut butter bars next time?! I think so.