Friday, January 30, 2009

You're gonna want to make these.


My friend Liz brought some granola bars to a play date back in December. They were divine and I immediately asked her for the recipe. I thought I would have time to make them for Hadley's self manager breakfast** in December, but it never happened.

Yesterday I asked Hadley if she would like me to try again for this month's breakfast and she got very excited.

I have not been this excited about food for a long time. I could live on these babies. The best part is that you can add virtually any additional "topping" you can think of or leave them plain, and they are still delicious. This recipe yields a chewy, yet somewhat crunchy treat that is perfect for snacking.

I'll never buy granola bars from the store again.

Liz posted the recipe on her blog so you can click here and get your hands on it the way she made them. I changed the recipe ever so slightly to suit what I had on hand, so I'm posting the recipe exactly as I made it. Both ways are delish, and really not that different, but I thought it would be confusing to just post my changes and not the whole recipe again.

Thanks for sharing, Liz!!

Groovy Granola Bars (adapted slightly from Liz's recipe)

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup Whole Wheat flour (I didn't have all purpose, but it didn't seem to matter that I used all WW)
3/4 cup mixed dried fruit---we used 1/4 cup each cherries, cranberries and raisins
1/2 cup chocolate chips
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. The mixture will be slightly crumbly. Press into a well greased 9X13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Liz warns to cut the granola bars after 5 minutes of cooling. Good tip. They get just hard enough that they are difficult to cut once they cool. I cut mine, but left them in the pan over night. Big mistake. I almost couldn't get them out!

**self manager breakfast is the absolutely genius activity that takes place in Hadley's 1st grade class. Her teacher gives the students a list of criteria they have to meet to become a "self manager". They go through an interview process when they think they are ready, and then they become official self managers. Self managers get to enjoy some pretty cool perks, one of which is a monthly self manager breakfast before school. Love it. And I love, love, love her teacher. Hadley cannot even wait to get to school in the mornings and she never wants the weekends to come. Now that's pretty cool. Thanks, Stephanie for making 1st grade something really special.**

8 comments:

  1. This looks so yummy, I have got to make these soon!

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  2. oh my gosh, these look great. I'm definitely going to try these soon. Thanks Heather!!!

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  3. I want to eat them, but I'm not so keen on making them.

    Be a lot easier if you'd just send me a small batch, wouldn't it?

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  4. that recipe sound amazing! i was just thinking about making my own granola yesterday, but maybe i'll try this instead!

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  5. I am always looking for a good granola bar recipe- and this looks like a keeper. I was going to write your interview questions today (ugh, a week late!! Sorry!) but I can't find your email address- could you send me an email here: sewmuchthyme@gmail.com and I'll send you the questions! Thanks!

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  6. Yup. They are every bit as good as you say they are. Please note, however, that you could have made them and sent them to me via pony express for less trouble than I had making them. I had to scrape the entire mess out of the pan TWICE--first because I had forgotten the vanilla and then because I had forgotten the oil. I just kept thinking, "But she SAID it would be crumbly..."

    Shedding lotso light on why I seldom cook anymore.

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