Super Quick Breakfast Granola Bars

I'm not a huge microwave fan. I use mine mostly to heat up meals or defrost frozen meat when I've forgotten to take meat out of the freezer the night before. I rarely use it to actually cook meals and I have never used it to bake...until now.

I found this recipe quite some time ago but being a UK recipe, I modified it for my own kidlets. It's a great little bar that you can make quickly and easily and the kids will love it. You can also change it each time you make it by playing around with the added fruit and nuts ingredients.

It will remind you of a chewy granola bar but without any of the yucky added preservatives or additives.

Super Quick Breakfast Granola Bars
(Makes one 9x9 pan of bars)

2/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup firmly packed soft brown sugar
4 tablespoons golden syrup
3 1/3 cups rolled oats (or a combo of oat and kamut flakes)
1/4 cup ground flax seed
*1/2 cup raisins
*1/4 cup dried cranberries
*1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped

*Or 1 cup total of your favourite dried fruit and or nuts. Try coconut and dried pineapple or dried apple and walnuts! Yum!

Grease a small shallow microwave safe 9x9 baking dish. Set aside.

Place the butter or margarine, sugar, and golden syrup in a microwave safe bowl and cook on high power for 1 to 2 minutes, or until butter or margarine is melted. Stir in the oats, raisins, cranberries and apricots and mix well.

Press mixture into dish. Cook on high power for about 5 - 6 minutes or until the centre is bubbling. Allow to cool a little then press down more with the back of a spatula. Place in fridge 2 - 3 hours. Once fully cooled, cut into squares. Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Cari Snell is a mom, wife and the editor and recipe wrangler of Can I get the Recipe? An online source providing weekly printable recipes, shopping lists, great giveaways and more.

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