Sunday, April 8, 2012

Homemade Granola Bars

This recipe was submitted by Vickilynn Haycreaft as a document posted in Facebook Dehydrating Way Beyond Jerky.

As  a parent, I’ve learned all sorts of tricks to getting my kids to eat  healthy foods. The number one way to get my kids to eat healthy was to  allow them to cook their own food – with my supervision, of course. By letting them cook their own healthy meals they were more likely to want to eat their own creations, take pride in their work, and gain appreciation for the amount of effort that goes into feeding a family.   One of their favorite healthy snacks to make is granola bars.

With my help they combine:   

  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped  pecans
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • ½ cup chopped dried dates
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • ¾ cup brown sugar *(I'd use unrefined, whole cane brown sugar - sucanat)
  • ¾ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1/3 cup [unrefined] oil
  • 1  teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla  
Once all the ingredients are mixed well, they spread the mixture onto our Excalibur food dehydrator drying sheets and dry at 145 degrees Fahrenheit for 3-5 hours. When the food is done drying, they cut the granola into bars and have healthy snacks to munch on all week.

"Used by permission: (c) Vickilynn Haycraft of Real Food Living "

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