So these were supposed to be granola bars... they came out of the oven a little too soft and crumbly, and totally wanting to be called "cookies". It was a happy accident :)
I've been looking for something I can grab when I'm rushing out the door in the morning that could function as breakfast or an afternoon snack. We have a big bag of rolled oats in our pantry that's far too huge for the two of us to get through, so I thought I'd try my hand at homemade granola bars! These were super easy, and having the sweet tooth that I do, of course I added in chocolate chips and shredded coconut ;) I think these would be great with dried fruit in them as well, or maybe a big serving of cinnamon and chopped apples! The amount I made turned out about 12 servings.
You will need:
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)
- 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup agave nectar (or honey)
And here's what you'll do:
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. I didn't have any on hand, so I just greased it with a little butter.
- Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Whisk together the wet ingredients (canola oil, vanilla, agave) in a separate bowl.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir to combine.
- Spread the mixture on your baking sheet and shape it into a rectangle (as best as you can). It doesn't really matter if it's pretty, just as long as it's about 1 inch in thickness throughout!
- Bake for 40 minutes (depending on your oven) or until golden and dry to the touch. My oven is very hot, so I only baked them for 30 minutes before they started getting pretty brown around the edges.
- Let cool for 10 minutes, then use a knife to cut it into bars. They will remain fresh for several weeks if wrapped individually in parchment paper or kept in an air-tight container. (Though I don't think they will last that long!)
All images via That's Pretty Ace