It’s hard to believe, but another month has gone by and it’s already time for Secret Recipe Club again!
Members of the Secret Recipe Club are assigned a blog each month. Who has who is a secret until reveal day (today!). The mission is to choose a recipe from the assigned blog, make it, and share it!
This month I was assigned Mary Kay’s blog, Homemade Cravings. Mary Kay is rural New Jersey mom who loves to cook for her family. She’s got a ton of great “Quick and Easy” dishes, like her Walnut Pesto and Gorgonzola Spaghetti or her Greek Couscous with Grilled Chicken.
I’ve been eating a lot of granola bars lately, so when I saw Mary Kay’s recipe for a homemade version, I had to try it. I like knowing they aren’t full of processed ingredients! The original version of these had chocolate chips, but I decided to mix it up with some cinnamon chips instead.
Cinnamon Chip Granola Bars
(adapted from Homemade Cravings)
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup cinnamon chips
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray.
Combine first 6 ingredients in large mixing bowl.
Combine the peanut butter and honey in a small bowl and microwave 30 seconds, until melty. Stir in the egg. Pour the peanut butter mixture into the oatmeal mixture and use a spoon or your hands to thoroughly combine. Press evenly into prepared pan.
Bake 25-30 minutes until edges are browning. Cool 5 minutes, then slice into bars. Leave sliced bars in the pan until completely cool.
My bars came out a little dry and crumbly, and I’m not sure if I baked them too long, or if there wasn’t enough of the wet ingredients. Next time I would try adding extra honey and peanut butter, or cut the flour down a little. Nevertheless, the flavor was awesome. The cinnamon went great with the nuts and oats, and reminded me of a cobbler topping!