homemade granola bars

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We love granola.  So making granola bars for hikes, an afternoon snack, and even a grab and go breakfast is pretty awesome in our house.

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I love that you can customize these bars.  Heck, you choose the granola that goes in them!  You can add nuts or fruit, or use a granola without either. 

granola bars 

3/4 c. unsalted butter

1/3 c. packed coconut sugar (or natural sugar free sweetener like Swerve or Zsweet)

2 TBSP Vitafiber or 1.5 TBSP blackstrap molasses

1/2 tsp salt

1 large egg

2 tsp vanilla extract

5 c. prepared granola (I like to use our nut + seed granola)

low sugar dried cranberries or cherries

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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Melt butter with sweeteners and salt in saucepan over medium heat.  Set it aside to cool to lukewarm.  Stir it again to mix in any butter that has separated.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture, stirring until well combined.
  4. Stir in the granola.  Spread mixture in the prepared pan.
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5.  Bake the bars until they're golden brown, 25 minutes.  If you bake the bars 3-5 minutes longer, you'll have crunchier bars; bake 3-5 minutes less, and you'll have chewier bars.

6.  Remove bars from the oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes.  Loosen the bars with a sharp knife around the edges.  Cut bars into rectangles.  They're easier to cut when they're warm.  Cool bars completely in pan before removing.

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They were crunchy, a bit chewy, dense, and a bit sweet. They were the most exciting granola bar I've ever eaten.  And I intend to bake (and eat) many-a-more bars.

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How do you like your granola bars?  Fruity?  Chewy?  Crunchy?