Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

September 22nd, 2008

Ok, now I am really back in action. So much has happened in the last month — we’ve moved to a new apartment, gone on an amazing vacation, and are currently in the process of furnishing our new space!  Right now, I don’t have a kitchen table, a single kitchen chair, and I’m sitting on my kitchen counter to type this up.  However, I do have a very exciting new addition to my little kitchen.

Chad and I were sitting around our first full day in the new apartment, and decided to go out for lunch.  As we left, we noticed a “Sorry we missed you” delivery slip from UPS.  Thinking it wasn’t anything important, I just figured we’d pick it up that night from the shipping center, which is fairly nearby.  Chad, however, was really annoyed that they hadn’t rung our bell or even attempted to deliver the package.

I couldn’t really figure out why he was so annoyed until he called and it turned out our package weighed 32 pounds.  32 Pounds?  What could it possibly be?  Not, apparently, one of the bathing suits I’d ordered from J. Crew.  Too small to be furniture, too big to be anything else I could think of.

I didn’t figure it out until a few minutes before we picked up the package, but if I hadn’t been so frazzled from moving, I probably would have realized earlier.  A month or two ago, Chad mentioned that my very kind soon-to-be mother in law wanted to get me something off our wedding registry.

And, honestly, there was ever only one thing on our wedding registry I cared about, and you can probably guess what it was.  Chad joked that when we went to Williams Sonoma to pick things out, it was pretty much an entire trip just to register for a Kitchenaid Mixer.

And guess what the mystery package was?!?

So even without a table or chairs, my kitchen is feeling quite spectacular lately.  And this post is, unfortunately, totally unrelated to these granola bars, which did not remotely require my amazing new Kitchenaid, but were pretty spectacular themselves, as well.

Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

1 cup plus 2 tbsp oats
1 tbsp flour
2 tbsp honey
4 tbsp corn syrup
1 egg white
1/2 cup raisins
3 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp canola oil

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until evenly distributed.  The granola should stick together but no liquid should pool at the bottom (if there is excess liquid, add another tablespoon of oats and stir again).

Pour the granola out into a small baking pan lined with parchment paper and mold it into the shape you want (I used my fluted tart shell because it was nearly the perfect size, and the fluting wouldn’t show through the parchment paper).  Bake for about 35 minutes, or until granola is lightly browned on top and no longer feels wet.  Allow to cool, and cut into bars.

I stored these in plastic wrap and it ruined their texture.  Eat them within a day or two, or store them in an airtight container, not too close together, unrefrigerated, for up to a week.

Makes 8 small granola bars.

Tags: Breakfast and Brunch · desserts · food · other

25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 patsyk // Sep 22, 2008 at 8:00 am

    What a wonderful surprise!  I love each and every one of my Kitchenaid appliances… they get a lot of use as I am sure yours will, too!

    Those granola bars look fantastic.  I really should try to make them sometime, they have to be better than the one’s I buy.

  • 2 Sarah // Sep 22, 2008 at 8:48 am

    I love homemade granola bars…so much better than anything you buy at the store.  And congrats on your KitchenAid!  I got mine for Christmas last year and it is the certerpiece of my kitchen.  You are going to wonder how you ever lived without it…congrats!

  • 3 Kristen // Sep 22, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Yay! You made granola bars.  I’m totally going to take credit for this recipe as I posted twice before that you should try making granola bars.  🙂

  • 4 VeggieGirl // Sep 22, 2008 at 10:54 am

    YOU FOUND A NEW APARTMENT!!!! Please contact me on Facebook about the details, since remember I asked if you could keep me updated (since I’ll be relocating to NYC in a few years). Thanks, Katy! 🙂

    What a fabulous package!!  KitchenAid appliances are the best.

    Those granola bars look soooo delish.

  • 5 clumbsycookie // Sep 22, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Have fun baking with your new KA! That’s exciting! The bars look perfect and crunchy!

  • 6 Erin // Sep 22, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    These granola bars look great!  I love oatmeal raisin anything.  Have fun with your new KA mixer- what a great surprise!  I love mine and don’t know what I would do without it!

  • 7 ttfn300 // Sep 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    OOOooh, I just got one for xmas, and I love it!!!  What an exciting surprise, better that you weren’t expecting it;-) Congrats on the new apt as well!  And those granola bars look fantastic, too 🙂

  • 8 heather // Sep 22, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    yay!  so exciting about the mixer!  i love, love, love mine!  these granola bars look great, too.  i keep on meaning to make my own since i eat them for breakfast every morning.

  • 9 Kristin at The Kitchen Sink // Sep 22, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Congrats on the KitchenAid!  I feel like mine is part of the family.  : ) Your granola bars look delicious.  What role do you think the egg white plays?  I might try that with my recipe, which people have commented tends to be crumbly.  I’m looking for a fix and I hope the egg white does it.

  • 10 Rita // Sep 22, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Those bars look professional, girl!

  • 11 Maria // Sep 23, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Congrats on the new place and mixer! I know you will love it. We use ours all the time..we got it for our wedding too!
    These granola bars look fabulous! I can’t wait to make them. I love healthy treats!

  • 12 Chou // Sep 23, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Hooray! What fun to get a new apartment and a new mixer.  Never fear, you will get unpacked. I’m so impressed that you’re posting and cooking despite everything!

  • 13 Jess M. // Sep 24, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Yay for your Kitchenaid Mixer!  I love mine — but of course I have to know (did I miss it in the post?): WHAT COLOR??!!

  • 14 James // Sep 29, 2008 at 9:16 am

    A Kitchen Aid?  Lucky you!

    I like these bars.  Just posted an entry on my site about them.  http://kuyaskitchen.blogspot.com/2008/09/healthy-adult-oatmeal-bars.html

  • 15 Lori // Oct 15, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    I think I am granola obsessed.  I have my favorite one (its on my blog), but I think yours is actually speaking to me.  “Make me, make me, make me…”

  • 16 np // Oct 15, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    What kind of oats did you use? Rolled, instant, quick? I’ve found that this sometimes can have unexpected results 🙂

  • 17 Whitney // Oct 15, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    What color did you get?  I recently got mine off of Ebay in the cobalt blue color.  My boyfriend named it Ethel..haha.

    When are you getting married?

  • 18 Marie // May 22, 2009 at 7:27 am

    So I was looking around for some granola recipes and found this one that looks exactly like yours. Now looking at the date from when yours was made and hers was made. This lady completely stole the recipe.

    Any who I can’t wait to try this!

  • 19 Anne // Jun 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Yummy! I didn’t have any corn syrup so I used 3 T honey and 3 T molasses instead and they turned out quite good. I also didn’t have a small enough baking dish, but a pie pan worked fine (as long as you don’t mind wedge-shaped granola!).
    Also, @Marie, the recipe you linked to gives credit to Sugarlaws and even links to this blog, so it hardly qualifies as “stealing.”

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