Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Buckwheat Granola bars with chocolate chips!

Just like Shan over at Mama in Wonderland suggested to me to make my own homemade muffins, my mom suggested we make these Buckwheat granola bars!  They are SO good and are packed full of great ingredients! 

Made with Minnesota Honey!

The recipe starts with making your own granola and it is SO good, this recipe will make enough to have as a side for your yogurt and on ice cream too!   

Granola recipe: 
1/3 C. Honey
3 C. old fashioned oats
3 C. barley
1 C. shredded coconut
1/3 C. olive oil
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups walnuts
3 Stevia packets or Sun Crystals which is cane sugar and stevia together!

Spread in an oiled pan 14 x 11 and bake at 280 for 45 min or until golden brown (or to your liking!) stirring often and rotating the pan to get an even roast! 

Mom yelled at me about 4 times for stealing handfuls, it is that GOOD by itself! 
This batch of granola will make TWO large pans. Below is the recipe for ONE. If you make what is below, you will have about 4 Cups of Granola left over!

Combine dry ingredients: 
4 cups granola
2 Cups whole wheat flour
1 Cup buckwheat flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 Cup whole oats
2 tsp. cinnamon
1.5 Cup cane sugar  

Then add wet ingredients and stir together! You may have to grease up your hands and get in there to mix it! 

4 eggs
1 stick of butter melted
2 Tbsp molasses
4 tsp vanilla Optional!

Buckwheat Flour is the BEST! 

The mix will not combine entirely and that is ok! If it's not sticking together all the way, that's the way it should be, don't worry, it will bake solid, I swear! 

We throw in 1/2 Cup of Chocolate Chips! 
Mom uses soy, dairy and gluten free Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips and they are to die for. They are SO good, I also stole a few on the side... 

Press flat into the coated baking pan and bake at 300 for 15 min or until golden brown! They will raise up a little and I suggest cutting them while they are warm, letting them cool a little, then enjoy! 

Good by themselves, great with ice cream (my weakness!) and FULL of great healthy grains! A homemade SUCCESS!

What do you make at home to replace a store bought product? 


sunflowerramos said...

Those look yummy!
Are there substitutes? I do not have buckwheat flour but will whole wheat flour work instead?

Mary said...

Yep! Just use 3 full cups of the whole wheat flour and it's still great!

Wendi said...

Mary, do you have any idea how many calories are in one serving? I've been looking for recipes to make homemade energy bars and stuff like that. I found a pretty good one on the WW website I can share if you're interested!

Shan said...

YUM!!! Thanks for the link love, Mary! :)

My big homemade item is pizza dough. A year or so ago I totally gave up ever buying store-bought or take-out pizza for my family. We ONLY eat homemade pizza now, made with homemade crust. I have a great no-fail recipe, I make it with whole-wheat flour, and everyone loves it. Win win!

Hey, I wanted to tell you something unrelated. Remember your post about wanting the new bike and praying about getting some sort of sign or way to buy it? Well, I've been dying for this new pair of boots....totally not a necessity, but I couldn't help it. Really wanted them. But you know I'm a stay at home mom and we have a tight budget raising 2 girls on 1 income.

Well, to sort of compromise, I told myself I would order them as a reward when (if!) I lost the last 5 lbs. I have been trying to take and keep off all summer. It took awhile, but I finally did, and last Friday I ordered the boots, putting them on my credit card even though that's not the smartest financial move. But in the very same week, I stumbled up on a freelance writing opportunity that so far--in one week--has paid me THE EXACT PRICE OF MY BOOTS ORDER. Seriously. It felt exactly like your bike story. :)

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