I think this recipe might be single-handedly responsible for the five pounds I am sure I’ve gained recently, but I don’t know for sure because I refuse to weigh myself because there are some things I just doing really want to know.
It’s either these or the beer I drank all week to distract myself from the fact that Christopher was out of town again. Also I considered it a reward since no one got the flu like last time.
I’ve made a batch of these granola bars three times in as many weeks and they have not lost their appeal with repetition. I’ve used smitten kitchen’s recipes lots, especially recently when I seem to be on a mission to make normally store-bought things at home, and I’ve never been let down. (Going through my archives, I realized that I haven't shown you the homemade goldfish I made, or the oreos. Woops!)
|Helpers! See the stripes? That's Adele trying to stand on the |
chair with Sebastian. It didn't end well.
For this one, I was looking for something to make for a new mom who already had two daughters before her new little boy arrived. I figured she’d need something quick and satisfying and nutritious and easy, since more than likely she’d only have half a hand to grab a bite to eat. Plus I’d been wanting to find a good granola bar recipe anyway. I think they are a nice thing to have around for an easy snack, be it late night waiting for your husband to get home from his business trip already, or midday when you need a pick-me-up because it’s been nonstop children for years it seems like and all you want to do is have a quick lie down but there’s no way in hell that’s going to happen for HOURS yet. I’ve also used them for breakfast with fantastic results. (Those results being I thoroughly enjoyed eating it and it lasted longer than a piece of toast or a cup of coffee.) (Yes, I do have plans to give them to the children. When I can stop eating them myself.)
So I was excited when I found this recipe online. It sounded easy and delicious. And it was.
I baked these first in an 8x8 pan, but the center wouldn’t set before the edges darkened too much for my taste, which may be the fault of my oven. I had better results using a 9x13 pan. She offers suggestions on her website on how to avoid the crumbling when you cut the bars, which I kind of wish I’d read beforehand. I believe I’ve mentioned that I have a hard time reading an entire recipe. I don’t know what my problem is either.
For my bars I used walnuts, pecans, raisins, dried blueberries, cranberries and cherries, and dark chocolate chips. I didn’t have any coconut, but I think that would be delicious. I also made them one time using the 2 tablespoons of corn syrup, but that was all I had so the other two times I made it I just used all honey. I didn’t notice a difference.
Highly recommended recipe. You should make them.
(Would it be easier if I posted the recipe here instead of just linking to it? I never know if I should do that as it’s not technically my recipe. But maybe since I link to it it wouldn’t be a problem? Anybody know?)