Saturday, January 22, 2011

Granola Pops and Granola Bars

Granola Pops

1/2 cup honey                     
1 cup sucanat                     
1/2 cup melted butter         
2 tsp. vanilla flavoring        
3 cups oatmeal, uncooked
1 1/2 cups dried fruit, seeds, unsweetened coconut,nuts
3/4 cup sweetened carob chips
Large pretzel rods - use as sticks

        Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl mix honey, sucanat, butter and vanilla.  Gradually stir in the remaining ingredients, expect the pretzels.  The mixture needs to be sticky enough to mold around the pretzel sticks.
        Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Using 1/2 cup of the sticky granola mixture, shape into a long log

and wrap around a large pretzel rod. The shape doesn't matter so much now, because you will reshape after baking.  Place the granola sticks on a baking sheet, allowing plenty of room between.  Bake at 350 degrees for 14 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove from oven and quickly remold the granola around the pretzel sticks with two table knives.  As the granola mixture cools it will harden on the stick.

To Make Granola Bars

Spray a 9 x13" baking dish.  Firmly press the granola mixture into the pan. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.  Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting with a sharp knife.   Double the recipe and spread in a large bar pan for a healthy snack.