Crunchy Granola Bars

Yum...crunchy granola bars drizzled with chocolate.
D you see at the bottom of the stack the granola bars are wrapped? And at the top you can see the unwrapped ones. Wrapping is fairly easy, cut out and wrap with a piece of plastic, then stick a piece of tape  to seal. Or what I do, is write or draw a little picture on cut computer labels and stick them on for more decoration. For the sake of the chocolate and the warming weather, I keep them in the fridge so the drizzling won't melt and stick to the wrapper. It really is that simple.
Now as for drizzling the chocolate, I have to warn that you do not use a plastic piping bag, because it will melt it away. I had to learn that the hard way once when I was piping chocolate, but I let it sit too long so the chocolate hardened. I decided to warm up the chocolate so I stuck the whole bag, tip and all, into a toaster oven and that did NOT go well. So please don't try that.
Instead, use a durable reusable pastry bag that can handle the heat. Also, to stay on the safe side, use a metal piping tip instead of a plastic one. But if plastic tips are all you got, please tell me if it's safe to use because I've never tried.
I do have to say that the crunchiness of the granola bar is defiantly not a good match for drizzled chocolate, but it's because my raisins slightly burned. Yes, it sadly was another cover up for some minor failure. I'm sorry...haha. Get ready for the awesome granola bar recipe...!

Playground Granola Bars
recipe from allrecipes

makes 16 bars

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Generously grease a 9x13in. baking pan.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well with a wooden spoon, or your hands. Then pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Let them cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove and cut into bars while still warm. (It'll be too hard to cut once it's completely cooled.)

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