Mom (who my children know as "Oma") came to visit a while ago and made some granola bars for the children. They liked them so much they asked for some "Oma Bars" over March break. I found out mom had used the Crosby's Molasses recipe for "Peanut Butter and Molasses Granola Bars" and changed it a little. I did the same thing and here they are:
Here is the recipe that made them:
Peanut Butter and Molasses Granola Bars
3 cups quick rolled oats
1 cup bran
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1 cup sunflower seeds or sesame seeds or a combination of the two
½ cup chocolate chips
¼ cup chopped nuts
¼ cup wheat germ
½ cup fancy molasses
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup peanut butter
1 tbsp 2% milk
2 tsp vanilla
¾ tsp baking soda
Mix oats, bran, coconut, seeds, chocolate chips, nuts and wheat germ together in large bowl. Set aside.
Combine molasses, oil, sugar and peanut butter in a 2 liter saucepan and cook over medium low heat until sugar dissolves and mixture is smooth. (Stir constantly.)
Combine the milk, vanilla and baking soda and add to the molasses mixture. Stir for one more minute. Remove from heat.
Pour molasses-milk mixture over granola mixture and stir until dry ingredients are moist. Wet your hands and press the mixture into a 15 x 10 inch (2L) pan.
Bake at 275°F (140°C) for 20 to 25 minutes. The edges will start to brown and the bars will be slightly puffy. They will sink as they cool.
Let cool, cut into slices (I cut it into 27 pieces).