Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Recipe: Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

I'm a sucker for Quaker Oats chocolate peanut butter granola bars, but I realize they're neither very natural nor very healthy. So I decided to make some of my own. I found a recipe on Orangette that was derived from Smitten Kitchen which was in turn based on one from King Arthur flour.

I will caution you that this recipe does get a lot of things dirty (food processor, multiple bowls, etc.), but it's totally worth it. If you, like me, are trying to make this while a baby is crying, you should avoid leaving the butter in the microwave instead of in the bowl. I didn't catch that error until 10 minutes into baking, at which time I mixed it into the dish and patted it down again. Despite that, it still turned out delicious, so this recipe is fairly mistake-proof!

When all was said and done, these were hella good. Like crazy, I looked forward to having one every day, good. These were my special treat I allowed myself when I was doing an early morning feed with my little one, and now I'm quite sad that they're gone. I might try it with less chocolate next time, but let's get real, the chocolate part is the business.

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