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Playing with Granola Bars

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

4ab630a00464200a89199fe740284a32 I’ve been experimenting with making my own granola bars. In these days of “gotta-grab-something-quick-and-get-to-the-next-practice/game/class/event,” I am wishing I had bought stock in granola bars and bananas. It goes without saying that the granola bars we like to eat are the chocolate-covered ones that taste like candy bars, and the ones that are healthiest for us (high protein and carb, low sugar, least processing) taste like tree bark. In an effort to find a happy medium, I have been playing with recipes and making my own. The recipe I like best (so far) is from Ina Garten. The base includes oatmeal, almonds, and coconut, and the binder is made from honey and brown sugar, which brings the sweetness. So far, so good, right? The fun comes in the additions. Ina’s recipe calls for dates, apricots, and dried cranberries. Well-played, Ina. Well-played. I made it Ina’s way once, and since then, I have subbed in just about everything that Trader Joe’s sells: pistachios, sunflower seeds, dried blueberries, dried mangoes, etc, and now tonight’s addition: chocolate chips. Not sure why I didn’t think of it sooner. Still healthy? The verdict is still out. Here is the recipe. Let me know how you change it up! (Other changes: I use more coconut, less honey, and coconut extract instead of vanilla) Ina Garten’s Homemade Granola Bars.

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