Homemade Granola Bars & Share Our Strength

This past weekend, I decided to bake my own homemade granola bars since I spend money every week at the grocery store buying them.  I found a recipe from Alton Brown and just added a few of my own goodies I had on hand.  I used shredded coconut, butterscotch chips, and flax seeds – not exactly a healthy granola bar, but a yummy one!  What’s nice about baking your own granola bars is that you can use whatever goodies you prefer (chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, nuts, dried fruits, etc.)  This is a simple recipe to make and definitely more cost effective than buying granola bars each week!

In other news, I recently started volunteering for Share Our Strength.  Many of you have probably heard of this organization, but if you haven’t, they are a non-profit that works to help end childhood hunger in the U.S.  In particular, every year they host an event called Taste of the Nation DC in which DC-area restaurants and chefs gather to raise money and awareness for this great cause.  100% of the proceeds go to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which includes support for local beneficiaries Capitol Area Food Bank, DC Hunger Solutions, and Mary’s Center.

Why am I telling you this?  Well, this Monday, November 15th is No Kid Hungry Day.  Select food trucks in DC including Bada Bing, CapMac, Choupi Crepes, DC Empanadas, DC Love Bites, Eat Wonky, Red Hook Lobster and Takorean will offer their eats the entire day and then donate a percentage of the proceeds to Taste of the Nation DC.  There’s also a happy hour at The Passenger (1021 7th Street NW) from 5-8pm where 10% of the proceeds will also be donated to Taste of the Nation DC.

Be sure to grab some local, food truck eats and a few cocktails at The Passenger today!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips (you can use chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, etc.)
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9 by 13″ baking dish.
  2. Toss the oatmeal and coconut together on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  5. Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the butterscotch chips and mix.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
  8. Cool completely before cutting into squares.
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10 Comments

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10 responses to “Homemade Granola Bars & Share Our Strength

  1. I love making homemade granola bars. I agree that the best part is you can use anything you have around to make them unique – its great for using up stuff in your pantry!

  2. I absolutely have to try this! I have yet to make my own granola bars!

  3. I have tried making my own granola (it’s been years), and this sounds perfect to have on the run. I’ll have to try it.

  4. Mom Kenyon

    I have a recipe for granola. When I go to cut them in bars they always crumble so I use it on yogurt or just eat it like cereal. This looks like a great recipe plus you can use whatever you have laying around. They look yummy!!

  5. Homemade granola bars are great! Yours sound awesome!

  6. Liss

    These sound delicious! I am always buying granola bars at Wegmans, so I will have to try making my own now. Thanks for the great recipe!

  7. These sound great. I use a similar recipe that uses condensed milk instead of honey and sugar. It’s great to just toss everything into them and go and easy to satisfy all tastes!

  8. You made granola bars from scratch??!! Very impressive!!! These look truly yummy – thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  9. these looks so yummy..i really love trying new ways to make homemade granola bars. thanks for sharing this.

  10. I’ve never even thought of making my own granola bars, but I LOVE the idea! That’s one more item off my grocery list I can make homemade… great idea! Thanks for the recipe!

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