Last weekend my husband, his grandparents, and I took the Amtrak from Chicago to Seattle. It was quite an experience to say the least. In preparation for the trip, I decided to make these delicious pecan granola bars…..and I was very glad I did. Even though we ate A LOT on the train, it was nice to have something homemade to snack on.
I tweaked the original recipe a bit to make it a little healthier. For instance, I substituted whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour. I also used 1/4 cup vegetable oil and 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce instead of 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Don’t worry, it still tastes great without all that extra oil. A little tip is to measure out the vegetable oil first and then use the same measuring cup for the honey. This will prevent the honey from sticking to the measuring cup, making your life easier. This is a great recipe and can easily be adapted if you don’t have pecans on hand. You could substitute the pecans for almonds, walnuts, dried fruit, raisins, etc. Just have fun with the recipe!
I took a bunch of nice pictures on our Amtrak trip but nothing compares to this picture……
….they are such a cute couple!!!!
Pecan Granola Bars
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 – 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup pecans, chopped
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used 1/4 cup vegetable oil & 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, pecans, and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil, applesauce, and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 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.
Source: adapted from All Recipes