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Last Minute Munchies! Awesome Granola Bars

Ever have a 10 minute errand take 2 hours? You end up super hungry and don't want to get fast food, but at this point you're starving! Plan ahead with a packable snack each day. Even better, plan ahead with long lasting snacks that you can pack once a week and not have to think about again. Even storing a gallon jug of water in your car can save an unnecessary purchase.
This recipe makes 32 servings, whatever that really means! Bag them up in zip locks and keep them handy. If you bake BIG you can freeze some of them and save time too. I have even heard of people carrying granola bars to hand to homeless people asking for money/food!

Crispy Granola Bars (or not so crispy - you choose)

2/3 c vegetable oil
1 1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c honey (or corn syrup)
2 t vanilla
4 eggs
2 c wheat flour
2 t cinnamon
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
9 cups STUFF: I use about 3 cups oatmeal, 3 cups rice crispies, 2 cups cheerios, 1 cup chopped nuts; I've also made a dumpfest by using all the end bags of cereal that were accumulating. Flax seed, raisins - you name it!

Combine oil, brown sugar, honey, vanilla, and eggs.
Add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
Mix well.
Add 9 cups of stuff and mix well.

Spray your baking dishes and press into pans. For crispy bars I pressed half into a large jelly roll very firmly. I actually sprayed the bottom of a glass 9 X 13 and used that to press it down. For our softer bars I use a glass 9 X 13, don't press so firmly and it is thicker since it's a smaller pan.

Bake at 300 for 40-50 minutes. For our softer bars I take them out near 40; for hubby's crispy bars 50 is about right.

Cut these into your desired size when they first come out of the oven, they will divide much better this way. Travel bars package and save well in a zip lock. House bars we keep in a sealed storage box.

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