I have been thinking of making granola bars for this whole week and I finally made them this morning.
One of the ingredients used is wheat germ. Wheat germ is the most vitamin- and mineral-rich part of the wheat kernel. It is packed with wonderful nutrients but unfortunately it is removed during the refining of the whole wheat grains to white flour. Read why you need wheat germ here.
I will use more nutrient-packed wheat germ in my future baking.
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Baking time: 20-25 minute
Yield: 20-24 bars
- 2 cups of organic rolled oats
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup organic wholemeal flour
- 3/4 cup raisins and cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C. Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins, cranberries, walnuts and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.
My verdict: These granola bars taste delicious and they are really very easy to make. I will definitely make them again!