April 2, 2013
Homemade Granola Bars
Okay, that's it. I will never buy a box of granola bars again. I finally made homemade granola bars, and I am of course kicking myself for not doing it sooner! I did a bunch of searching, because I wanted a recipe for chewy bars, and I also wanted to avoid peanut (or other nut) butter. It seemed like quite a few people had adapted this recipe from Smitten Kitchen, so I thought it sounded like a good place to start.
If you read the post, you'll notice that it's really an outline more than a recipe. You choose what you want to add, and I plan to do a lot of experimenting now that I got my first batch out of the way. For my first attempt, I didn't stray too much, although I did replace the corn syrup with a little agave. I did not include the nut butter. And for the "dried fruits and nuts" section, the boys and I chose: wheat germ, walnuts, rice krispies, coconut, and dried blueberries. They. Are. Awesome!
I added less than half a cup of sugar, but I still felt they were pretty sweet. The next time, I am going to try to eliminate the sugar altogether. I may use a little more agave to compensate, but it depends on the ingredients. A lot of the dried fruits are so sweet that they may not need much anyway. I am also going to try to make a nut-free version. I really loved the walnuts in this first batch, but I'd like to make some that the boys can bring to school for a snack.
The possibilities are endless, and I am so excited that I finally did this! Have you ever made homemade granola bars? What is your favorite kind?