Granola bars are easy to make, and they’re the perfect addition to your child’s lunchbox. Busy moms know that they also make a wonderful after-school or on-the-go snack. If you’re looking for a recipe that the whole family will love, try these chocolate dipped granola bars!
While the recipe involves a quite a few ingredients, this recipe makes a large batch of granola bars. And you can feel better knowing exactly what went in to them, too.
Cranberries or raisins would be yummy in these, too, but the kiddo has a simple palate, so we stick to simple flavors that we know he’ll like most of the time.
- 6 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for greasing
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup apple juice
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups rice cereal
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped almonds
- 8 ounces milk chocolate, melted
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a bowl, toss the oats with the canola oil, melted butter and salt. Spread the mixture out on 2 baking sheets and toast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, shaking the pan twice and making sure they don’t burn. Remove from the oven and set aside. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F.
3. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, and apple juice. Heat the mixture slowly, stirring until all combined. Stir in the vanilla and remove from the heat.
4. Toss together the toasted oats, rice cereal, wheat germ, pecans and almonds. Pour in the sugar mixture, stirring as you pour. Toss to combine; it will be sticky.
5. Press into 1 baking sheet (thoroughly greased with butter) and bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut pieces with a sharp knife and remove from the pan.
6. Dip the cooled granola bars straight into the melted chocolate so that the top is plain and the bottom is chocolate-covered. Set on parchment until set, sticking in the fridge to hasten this along if necessary.