Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My First Granola Bar

I made granola once, rather unsuccessfully, as it was too crumbly. So on my second granola-ish attempt, I decided that bars were easier and required less baking.

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon flaxseeds, preferably golden
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 cup unsweetened whole-grain puffed cereal (see Note)
1/3 cup currants
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
1/3 cup chopped golden raisins
1/4 cup creamy almond butter (see Note)
1/4 cup turbinado sugar (see Note)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

I got the recipe from THIS website. I subbed the the currants for dried mango bits and apricot with dried cranberries. All I really had to do was mix the dry ingredients together and lightly boiling the rest. I did, however, have to toast some of that in the oven, but on a hot day, a few minutes toasting is better than a full-on bake...

Pressed in the pan.

Cut up, wrapped, and became a work-time snack!

I liked this bar, as it wasn't too sweet, but it was pretty crumbly in some parts because it seems like the "goop" that held it together hardened and became inflexible, unlike honey or other goo in granola. Maybe the preemptive refrigeration caused this, but I can't imagine it. But now that I know how to do this, I will alter the recipe and make my own (and for my possible future children?).


  1. How very industrious of you! I allow Quaker to make my granola bars.

  2. I looove homemade granola bars! Much cheaper and better for you than the storebought stuff and you can put whatever you want in them. Yum!