About this recipe: This is a quick granola snack recipe that my sister-in-law gave to me one snow day when the kids were home. She told me the kids would eat the batch in a day and she was sure right! I tend to double the recipe so I am not making it every day!
So yummy! I made the following changes and they are the perfect consistency. I used honey in place of the corn syrup. I used 1/4 cup raisins, 1/8 cup chopped pecans, 1/8 cup coconut in place of the 1/2 cup raisins. I added 4 tablespoons ground flax for health. I used old fashioned oats in place of quick and I added 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon for flavor. I followed the recipe for everything else. These are better than any store bought granola bar for sure! Make sure you spend enough time mixing the mixture so that it is evenly coated. I thought I might have the crumbly problem at first but I just kept mixing and they came out perfect! - 13 Jun 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I made these for the first time in March 2005 and followed the recipe except for the vanilla extract. They were quite yummy, although a bit crumbly as others mentioned and could have been a bit more flavorful. I really liked how not messy they are to make, too. I just made these again this week, except used honey instead of corn syrup, made a bit more of the sugar concoction and used those Florida Natural fruit snacks instead of raisins. Prepared this way, the granola bars hold their shape quite well and taste fantastic. My boyfriend almost died when he had the first bite and I suspect I'll be making them weekly now. Update 7/07: I use this recipe more than any other recipe EVER! I guess we like things sweet, but I always use 2/3 cup brown sugar, 2/3 cup honey and 2/3 cup peanut butter. Perfect for us. I also just dump the mixture onto a cutting board after getting it all mixed up and shape it into a square with my hands, let it set, cut them up and individually wrap in foil. I've tried lots of dried fruits in them and they're all great, usually use cranberries. I'm going to try adding cinnamon next time! THANKS! - 14 Mar 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
HELPFUL TIPS AFTER READING ALL THE REVIEWS: I found it easier to use my hands and not a spoon to flatten and pack together in a pan. Honey makes all the difference instead of the oil. Then I placed it in the fridge for an hour, cut in squares, and placed each one in plastic wrap for easy grabbing. Store at room temperature as they get dry/not chewy if left in the fridge. I can't believe how good these are. I do agree with the poster who used 2/3 C of everything (raisins, brown sugar, honey, pb) instead of 1/2 C. Makes a huge difference!!!! I also sprinkled some pecan pieces (NOT crushed, just chopped a tad) OR sliced almonds ...about 1/4 - 1/3 a cup, & it was the perfect combination! I used a bag of raisin/cranberry mix instead of JUST raisins. You can really make this colorful w/your choice of fruits for the holiday season! I don't allow my kids to have chocolate, but I can easily see why others insert m&m's in these. Just be sure to add them last so they don't melt! - 02 Dec 2007 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)