week 23: granola bars!

19 Mar

this week i am making complementary posts on HACSI and GBaB. they seemed mutually relevant but not quite the same, so i decided to keep up both blogs this week.

i have been wanting to make smitten kitchen’s chewy granola bar recipe for a while now, and after last week’s disappointment of how annoying it is to not be able to eat my breakfast before i get to work, this seemed like a good time to try something so portable.

i have some good news: i actually followed the recipe. well, pretty much. and you know why? this supports s’s oppositional defiant disorder diagnosis for me, but because she said i didn’t have to follow the recipe, it meant that i mostly chose to.

and! it made them turn out so beautiful!


the only things i did that you can’t find from the way-clearer-than-anything-i-would-write recipe at sk are:

  • for mix-ins, i used chopped cashews, chopped dried cherries and apples, dried cranberries, and golden raisins.
  • for my nut butter, i used almond, because i was making them also for someone who doesn’t like peanut butter.
  • i used brown sugar and honey for my sweeteners, and with the brown sugar, i used the bottom of the range (.5 cups).
  • i skipped the optional vanilla extract, but mostly because i forgot it, not because my obsessive love for vanilla has faded.
  • i did use the corn syrup, because we had some. i think it probably helped.
  • i cooked for the minimum amount of time, though our oven runs about 25 degrees warm, and the granola bars were browner than i would have liked–so i would say check them at about 25 minutes, just in case.
  • the bars were a little crispier than i would have liked–but, out of habit, i put them in the freezer, and they are perfectly chewy once defrosted! i don’t know what that means for you, but, you know, point of interest.
  • want to know how i melted the butter easily (with no microwave and no pot)? check out my HACSI post about it!
the granola bars are delicious! and so quintessential granola-bar-y. and so pretty!
  • breakfasts made: 5 large bars–but also 5 more for my housemate, and 16 smaller bars for a potluck and some new-parent friends!
  • time spent: 45 minutes, including baking but not including cooling time.
  • total cost: free!





5 Responses to “week 23: granola bars!”

  1. nicolebourgoin March 19, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    EATING MY FIRST GRANOLA BAR FOR BREAKFAST AND OMG IT’S SO GOOD!!!! Thank you so much for making me breakfasts this week! ❤ ❤ ❤

    (Also, didn't you add pepitas too?)

    • eliz March 19, 2012 at 9:20 am #

      yes! i forgot! i did add pepitas at the end!

  2. Amanda March 19, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    i want to make these! and also, i’m glad you’re giving GBaB at least one more week 🙂 although i did like your post on HACSI, i’m very loyal and have trouble switching.

    • eliz March 19, 2012 at 9:56 am #

      thank you! and you should totally make them. they are so easy and SO DELICIOUS.


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