Easy Homemade Granola Bars

On a whim I decided to make some homemade granola bars.  I was very particular about my ingredients, and did not want something with too much sugar, and not enough taste.  I did a little research and found an old recipe from the New York Times.  All the ingredients were exactly what I wanted.  Low in sugar, great taste (I was assuming before I even made them), and fairly easy.  They turned out fantastic!  I added the Omega 3 Trail mix from Trader Joe’s, which has cranberries, walnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, almonds and pinenuts, in one little package. You can add anything you want and play around with the recipe.
Granola Bars
3 tbs.canola oil

 2 cups rolled oats

 1/2 cup flaxseed

1/2 teas. cinnamon

1/4 teas. salt

1/3 cup honey

2 tbsp. brown sugar

1 teas. vanilla

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Oil a 9×9 baking pan. Add oil to saucepan. Add the oats. Stir over medium heat until the oats are lightly toasted, taking care not to let them burn. Stir until they are beginning to smell toasty and have slightly darkened, six to seven minutes.  Remove from heat, and transfer to a bowl. Add the flaxseed, cinnamon and the salt.

Combine the honey, vanilla and brown sugar in the pan in which you toasted the oats. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil 5 minutes. Pour over the oat mixture, and stir until it is evenly distributed over the mixture. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then stir in chocolate chips and anything else you may choose to add.

 Pour into baking pan, and spread evenly. Place in oven for 18 minutes. Do not allow to brown or the bars will be hard instead of chewy. Remove from the heat, and allow to cool. Cut into small squares.

 Makes 15-20 bars.