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Mon, Aug 11 2008 at 11:41 AM

Make Your Own Granola Bars

Posted by Taresa Schmidt, Aug 11, 2008

If I had it my way, my daily breakfast regimen would consist of egg whites, and spinach. There'd be freshly ground coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a croissant from Bread Line.

The reality of my daily breakfast is much different – I cram a granola bar in my purse as I rush out the door, down 14th Street. I get to work and make standard issue office coffee (oh, but wait! We have vanilla Coffeemate!). I start my day.

If you're like me and long for a taste of home made something (anything!) during the daily grind, all it takes is a little planning ahead and proper utilization of your leftovers. No, I'm not talking about “surprise omelets” (or funky casseroles or anything else you usually whip up with refrigerator refugees). I'm talking about granola bars.

A quick Google search will reveal about a hundred different recipes. My theory is that a lot of people are on to my little secret – you can make them with just about anything you've got lurking in your cupboard. All those little things left over from your Christmas cookies, office pot lucks and bread machine experiments. Oats, cinnamon, wheat germ, chocolate chips, almonds, dried fruit, walnuts, peanut butter, honey, agave nectar…you name it. They all add up to a lot of protein with a little bit of effort. And that's the most I could ask for on an average Monday morning.

After digging around in my own cupboards and then settling on the proper ratio of goo to dry ingredients, (because you have to make sure these things stick together properly) I give you
Granola bars:

1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter (use natural or make your own peanut butter)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups toasted oats
1 cup chopped, toasted almonds
1 1/4 cup raisins

Generously grease an 8x10 inch pan and set aside. In a sauté pan, brown chopped almonds and oats till golden. Set aside.

In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine brown sugar and honey until they're completely dissolved. Simmer this sauce for 1 or 2 minutes, or until it gets bubbly. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and stir until combined. Add peanut butter and cinnamon, and stir until well combined (be sure to get all the lumps out.)

Add to this mixture the oats and almonds, wheat germ and raisins. Stir until the mixture is well blended. Pour the mixture into the greased pan and firmly press until the mixture is evenly distributed and level.
Bake for 10 to 20 minutes, but be careful not to burn. Keep an eye on the bottom of the pan. Remove the pan from the oven, and let the mixture cool completely before you cut the bars. While the mixture is cooling, press down a few times with a spatula to help it keep its form. The bars should be stored in an airtight container.

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jodifur

I've made these and they are very good...

2 cups oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour or soy flour
2 tbsp cinnamon
1/4-1/2 cup of flax seed
2 egg whites
3/4 c raisins or craisins
1/4 cup of agave nectar


Put in a glass 9x 12pan.

bake 350 for 20 minutes

Taresa Schmidt

Jodifur, thanks for leaving that recipe! Do you prefer the taste of agave to honey? I considered using that in this recipe, but loved the way thet brown sugar and honey melted together.

momma

throw in half a can of sweetened condensed milk, you wont believe how rich and good it tastes! and dried cranberries. yum

ksteiger

This would be awesome except that my mother ruined granola bars for me forever.

jodifur

I like agave b/c it is sweeter than honey, so you can use less, therefore saving on calories and still being sweet without sugar or fake sugar. Also, I made it like granola last time and not like bars it was very good.

ConventionGirl2008

I am headed to one of our country's Granola Cities - Denver for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. I will be tasting all sorts of Denver food favorites and hope to have a few posts on food out West compares to our East Coast favorites.

Stay tuned! Love your blog.

Mike Bober

ConventionGirl - If you're looking for some recommendations on places for foodies to check out at the convention, please take a look at my post over at Capital Spice:

http://capitalspice.wordpress.com/2008/08/15/foodie-recommendations-for-the-democratic-national-convention-things-to-eat-in-denver-when-youre-dem/

Hope it's helpful!!!

iEatDC

Egg whites, spinach, fresh squeeze orange juice, croissant, and coffee? It sounds like we could have breakfast together anytime.

kabonfootprint

thanks for sharing your ideas, i'm trying my best to learn how to cook (decent meals :-),I hope i can share with you some
Filipino recipes too, I hope your OK with Asian foods :-)... Busby SEO challenge

KabonFootPrint

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