Instead of snagging a box of the preservative- and sugar-filled chocolate-peanut butter bars off the supermarket shelf, try making homemade granola bars. Wheat germ, chia seeds, and oats boost the fiber and protein content in these healthy snack bars.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil. Coat foil with cooking spray; set aside. Spread oats in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until toasted, stirring twice. Remove from oven; let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.

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  • Meanwhile in a small saucepan combine the corn syrup, peanut butter, brown sugar, butter, and honey. Heat and stir over medium heat just until peanut butter and brown sugar are melted. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and salt.

  • In a large bowl combine the toasted oats, rice cereal, pretzels, wheat germ, and chia seeds. Stir to combine. Pour corn syrup mixture over oat mixture. Stir to combine.

  • Press oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle chocolate pieces evenly over the top. Press chocolate pieces firmly into oat mixture. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until firm. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

To Make Ahead:

Layer bars between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

148 calories; 5 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat; 3 mg cholesterol; 147 mg sodium. 90 mg potassium; 23 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 4 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 235 IU vitamin a; 2 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 1 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 31 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 20 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;

Reviews (3)

23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2017
Absolutely delicious and the kids loved helping make and eat them.
Rating: Unrated
09/22/2017
If I leave out the wheat germ, chia seeds and oatmeal, would cooking time still be the same? Thanks
Rating: Unrated
12/09/2016
Is it important to use wheat germ in granola. I would like to omit it.
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