Grace and I have discovered that it is really hard to find safe granola bars at the grocery store. Most are made with honey, molasses or other man-made commercial sweeteners that are high in fructose. We have sampled at least a dozen recipes over the last year trying to perfect the perfect granola bar recipe. It finally occurred to me that I needed to create a simple syrup with sugar and water to replicate the quality of honey, molasses or a high fructose syrup; an ingredient that would help the granola bar ingredients stick together. I also found this great pan on Amazon and used parchment squares. You can make individual granola bar bites and clean-up is very easy. Grace and her friends can make this recipe by themselves and even her friends without Fructose Malabsorption love these.
- 6 tablespoons real peanut butter made without sugar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 2/3 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup coarsely ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- In a small saucepan combine sugar and water over medium heat. Simple syrup is ready when all the sugar is dissolved, the liquid is clear and the outer ring is starting to bubble.
- Let the syrup cool for 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl add the peanut butter. Stir in only 2/3 cooled syrup into the bowl that has the peanut butter in it. The peanut butter will melt a little.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir.
- Add one large tablespoon to the middle of each parchment square and press into pan.
- Bake for 17-20 minutes.
- Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!
- You need to make more simple syrup than the recipe calls for. For example, in this recipe you only use 2/3 cup syrup but you need to start with 3/4 cup sugar and water because the water can evaporate.
- I love this new pan I purchased it online. Grace and I are going to try making homemade marshmallows and lemon candies with it next time.