Build Your Own Bars

In Hy-Vee’s most recent Seasons magazine, they have a ‘recipe’ for making granola-type bars.  Aaron and I each made a version within the last couple days and thought they were delicious.  Mine were pretty soft, but that might be my own fault, because I added 1 cup of the sweetener instead of 3/4 – I added some extra oats to try to make up for it and cut back on my peanut butter slightly…but I have no idea if my alterations made up for the extra 1/4 cup of gooey-ness.  Regardless, they were good 🙂

Here’s the idea so you can make some too.  Pick one ingredient from each of the following categories, mix together with a food processor or Kitchen-Aid and press into an 8×8 pan (we lined ours with plastic wrap so it’s easy to remove and cut.)  Refrigerate until firm and cut into 16 squares.

  • Grain (2 cups)
    -Old-fashioned oats
    -Quick Oats
    -Crisp Brown Rice Cereal
    -Granola
  • Sweetener (3/4 cup)
    -Honey
    -Agave Nectar
    -Brown Rice Syrup
    -Pure Maple Syrup
  • Nut Butter (1 cup)
    -Peanut Butter
    -Almond Butter
    -Cashew Butter
    -Sunflower Nut Butter
  • Seeds or Wheat Product (1 cup, except Chia seeds – 1/4 cup)
    -Ground Flaxseed
    -Whole Sesame Seeds
    -Unprocessed Wheat Bran
    -Wheat Germ
    -Pumpkin Seeds
    -Chia Seeds
  • Powdered Protein (1 cup)
    -Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
    -Nonfat Dry Milk Powder
  • Nuts or Chips (1 cup)
    -Chopped Walnuts
    -Almonds
    -Cashews
    -Sunflower Nuts
    -Dark Chocolate Chips
    -Carob Chips
  • Dried Fruit (1 cup)
    -Raisins
    -Dried Cherries
    -Dried Cranberries
    -Dried Goji Berries
    -Chopped Dried Apricots
    -Chopped Dates
    -Chopped Prunes
    -Chopped Figs
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