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Mmmm! Chewy Granola Bars!

post #1 of 16
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I made chewy granola bars with cranberries! Yummm! Anyone want one or two?

Now if I could just figue out how to make that yogurt layer on those chewy yogurt granola bars, I'll be in heaven!
post #2 of 16
You're such a good girl! If I'm going to go to the trouble of baking, by golly, I'm not coming out of it with anything that healthy!
post #3 of 16
I'd love one... they sound delicious. Ya know what goes great with dried cranberries... dark chocolate!
post #4 of 16
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OMG! These turned out soooo good! It was a "no bake" recipe. Made along the same lines as rice krispy squares with melted marshmallows.

My homecare girl was here a while ago and I have her a bar, and she asked for the recipe. I gave her a bar to take with her

I'll never buy another granola bar again. These are so easy to make, and quite inexpensive too, considering.

Here is the recipe for those who want it.

Chewy Granola Bars

1/4 cup soft margarine
4 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup graham wafer crumbs
1/2 cup whole flax seed (or you can use milled flax seed)
1/2 cup chopped dried fruit
1/2 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds, shelled


1. Mix together all dry ingredients

2. In a large saucepan, over low heat, melt margarine

3. Add marshmallows, cook stirring constantly until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth

4. Pour dry mix into marshmallow mixture and stir quickly and well. Do not cook!

5. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 inch pan and press to spread.

6. Let cool. Cut into 6 rows lengthwise and 4 across.

Makes 24 bars.

I adjusted the above recipe.

When I had these bars initially they were made using 1/4 cup of margarine and milled flax seed instead of whole flax seeds. The dietician wasn't able to spread the mixture across the whole 9x13 inch pan because they were kind of dry and she ended up with more like a 9x9 pan.

I adjusted the following:

- 1/2 margarine
- 1/3 cup sesame seeds
- I didn't know how to measure the marshmallows, so I packed them into the measuring cup and used 4 cups of packed marshmallows.
- I sprayed the pot, utensil and 9 x 13 pan with Pam. And I sprayed my hands with Pam to spread the mixture.
- Very light sprinkle of salt over the top to give a slight salty taste with the sweet.
post #5 of 16
Thanks for sharing the recipe. They sound fantastic!
post #6 of 16
Flax seed is fantastically healthy, they say, although right now, I can't for the life of me remember what it does... ...but according to the nutritionist at the surgery center where I had my lapband done, they don't release their nutrition if they're whole -- that's why you have to mill them.


"Very light sprinkle of salt over the top to give a slight salty taste with the sweet."

It's amazing what a tiny bit of salt can do for sweet things!
post #7 of 16
It sounds yummy! I wish I was the "cooking type", luckily my husband doesn't care
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by Cat Mommy View Post
It sounds yummy! I wish I was the "cooking type", luckily my husband doesn't care

Measuring things into a bowl, melting butter and marshmallows and mixing it all together is not really "cooking" If it wasn't for the fact that the melted marshmallows are so hot, a young child could make this.
post #9 of 16
That sounds really good & quite easy! Thanks for sharing
post #10 of 16
Wow, you MADE them? Good job linda!
post #11 of 16
Wow...that sounds easy enough. I'm getting bored with the regular 'store bought' chewy granola bars. I'm going to try making some this weekend!
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Measuring things into a bowl, melting butter and marshmallows and mixing it all together is not really "cooking" If it wasn't for the fact that the melted marshmallows are so hot, a young child could make this.
This is true!
post #13 of 16
Yum, sounds great!
Id make them now if I had marshmallows, Ill be picking some up next time Im at the store!
A previous poster said Flax seeds have to be milled. True, they have a very hard shell and cant be digested so they've gotta be cracked first or they'll just pass right through.
post #14 of 16
I just made these and Yum! The flax seeds taste like little nuts, I added some heath bar pieces that I happened to have in the cupboard and left out the seeds (aside from the flax). I'll be making these again, soon! (and yes, I know it took me nearly a year to get around to making them )

Quote:
Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
OMG! These turned out soooo good! It was a "no bake" recipe. Made along the same lines as rice krispy squares with melted marshmallows.

My homecare girl was here a while ago and I have her a bar, and she asked for the recipe. I gave her a bar to take with her

I'll never buy another granola bar again. These are so easy to make, and quite inexpensive too, considering.

Here is the recipe for those who want it.

Chewy Granola Bars

1/4 cup soft margarine
4 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup graham wafer crumbs
1/2 cup whole flax seed (or you can use milled flax seed)
1/2 cup chopped dried fruit
1/2 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds, shelled


1. Mix together all dry ingredients

2. In a large saucepan, over low heat, melt margarine

3. Add marshmallows, cook stirring constantly until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth

4. Pour dry mix into marshmallow mixture and stir quickly and well. Do not cook!

5. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 inch pan and press to spread.

6. Let cool. Cut into 6 rows lengthwise and 4 across.

Makes 24 bars.

I adjusted the above recipe.

When I had these bars initially they were made using 1/4 cup of margarine and milled flax seed instead of whole flax seeds. The dietician wasn't able to spread the mixture across the whole 9x13 inch pan because they were kind of dry and she ended up with more like a 9x9 pan.

I adjusted the following:

- 1/2 margarine
- 1/3 cup sesame seeds
- I didn't know how to measure the marshmallows, so I packed them into the measuring cup and used 4 cups of packed marshmallows.
- I sprayed the pot, utensil and 9 x 13 pan with Pam. And I sprayed my hands with Pam to spread the mixture.
- Very light sprinkle of salt over the top to give a slight salty taste with the sweet.
post #15 of 16
mmmmmmmmm that sounds yummy thanks for the recipe!
post #16 of 16
I made some cranberry granola bars from the motherearthnews.com website just a couple of weeks ago and they turned out quite well. Would have been better if I had sprayed the pan before baking!!
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