AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars DATE: 5/13/2010 09:02:00 PM ----- BODY:
I'm posting this in between licking my fingers clean of the yummy goodness. My friend Kara brought a batch of these after Squeak was born and gave me the recipe as well.

You will want to make them right away and often after that. They are so incredibly good.

1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter (I have used creamy and chunky-both work well.)
1 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups uncooked oats
3/4 cup of chips (chocolate or butterscotch or you could use raisins)
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup ground flax seed
Heat oven to 350. Beat brown sugar, butter, and peanut butter till fluffy. Add honey, molasses, and vanilla- stir well. Stir in oats, chips, coconut, raisins, and wheat germ. Press into bottom of a 9x13 baking pan. Bake fifteen minutes. Put in the freezer to chill for 45 minutes or until firm. I then cut them into bars and store them in large Ziploc in the freezer.
Nothing to it, but oh so amazingly good. And from stuff I mostly have in my kitchen already.

You're welcome.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Patricia DATE:Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 9:34:00 PM EDT Marty, thank you ever so much -- that sounds more than lovely. I've always loved the peanut butter-chocolate combination. Let's see if I can coax Fran into trying them. Make that let's hope so. :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Mem DATE:Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 12:24:00 PM EDT thanks for the shout out- these are the best best bars in the world... and fairly healthy. i must give props to christina though as she brought them to me just after having henry... what a great new baby gift! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Melissa (@adventuroo) DATE:Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 9:31:00 PM EDT I don't think I've ever been quicker to try out a recipe after reading it!! We bought the extra things we needed today and made this... WOW. They ROCK. I seriously can't some eating them. I don't think I'll ever buy a granola bar again!

Thanks for sharing! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Rachel Ratliff DATE:Monday, May 31, 2010 at 6:33:00 PM EDT Sounds delicious! I will have to make that sometime soon! I just found a delicious granola recipe that is in the oven right now:

4 cups Old Fashioned Oats
2 cups Sweetened Shredded Coconut
3/4 cups Vegetable Oil
2 cups Sliced Almonds
1/2 cup Honey
Dried Fruit of Your Liking (I use raisins)

Mix everything in a bowl, and pour the mixture into a baking dish. Bake on 350 for 45 minutes. Stir occasionally so all the granola will brown. Eat by itself or with yogurt or milk. Delicious! ----- --------