I haven't found a packaged granola bar in the grocery store that I've liked, so I've been making my own. These are not too sweet, and are the perfect on-the-go energy snack. I've been baking them in my square indented baking pan so each bar has 4 crunchy edges (which I adore) and a creamy middle (which I love equally as well). If you're a fan of crunchy and chewy, you'll want to try these.
1Pre heat oven to 350 degrees and prep pan with vegetable spray.
2Melt butter and set aside to cool. In large mixing bowl, beat egg whites until frothy (I use a whisk). Mix in peanut butter, sugar and honey. Tip: spray measuring cups with veg spray before measuring peanut butter and honey and they'll slide right out of the cups. Add the butter and mix. Now add the cinnamon and combine. You'll have a very smooth mixture at this point.
3Next you'll want to add the oats. I take about 3/4 cup of oats and pulverize it in my spice grinder or food processor. I like the combination of textures, but if you're lazy or pressed for time, just add the oats whole. (this is a very forgiving recipe). Add all the oats and raisins and stir to combine, and with clean hands press into 8 of the indentations of your baking dish.
4Bake in middle rack of oven for 12-15 minutes, until edges begin to brown. Let cool about a half hour before removing from pan.
5This recipe can also be made in an 8x8 baking dish, but you will need to bake about 20 minutes. Also you can jazz this up with crushed peanuts, a tsp of vanilla extract and even mini chocolate chips. The possibilities are endless. Oh, and chopped, dried apricots and cranberries are great for a little bit of zing!