Granola Brownie Bars

This recipe, originally named "AFS Bars," comes from our King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook. These light-textured yet nicely chewy bars are easily tailored to your taste: use any combination of mix-ins that suits you and your pantry. This is a recipe where whole wheat flour can really strut its stuff: no one will know you're baking with whole wheat, and you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're baking with whole grains.
Prep
20 mins
Bake
30 to 35 mins
Total
50 mins
Yield
2 dozen bars
Granola Brownie Bars

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9" x 13" pan. Line with foil or parchment, and grease again, if desired (see tips, below left).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar; beat in the eggs one at a time, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl between additions. Beat in the vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix into the butter mixture until evenly combined.
  4. Stir in the granola and any other combination of mix-ins you like. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and smooth out the top.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the edges just begin to pull away from the side of the pan. The center should be set, not wobbly. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.
  6. Once the bars are cooled to lukewarm, you can use the parchment or foil to lift them out of the pan onto a cutting board. Cut when completely cool.
  7. Yield: 2 dozen bars.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Mix-ins can be any selection or combination of the following: granola; chocolate, cinnamon, butterscotch or white chocolate chips; sunflower seeds; coconut; wheat germ; dried fruit, and nuts.
  • Bars are easier to cut out of the pan than in, so consider lining the baking pan with foil or parchment, so you can lift the baked, cooled bars right out of the pan onto a cutting board.
  • Why the wide range in the amount of sugar? If you add a lot of sweet mix-ins (e.g., dried fruit, chocolate chips), use less sugar; if your mix-ins aren't as sweet (e.g., nuts, sunflower seeds, granola), use more sugar.
  • For a satiny top to your bars, melt the butter, stir in the sugar, and heat until very hot. Let cool to lukewarm before continuing with the recipe.
  • These bars have 9g whole grains per serving, when made with 1 1/2 cups granola in the mix-ins.
  • Can you halve this recipe? Sure. Simply halve all the ingredients, and bake for 25 to 28 minutes in an 8" square of 9" round pan. How do you halve 3 eggs? Break 2 large eggs into a bowl, and measure out 3 ounces; use the rest for scrambled eggs (or microwave for your dog). Alternatively, simply use 2 large eggs; the bars will be just slightly cakier.