Home-Made and Fabulous Granola Bars (with honey, peanut butter, and coconut)


In my fantasy world, I consider myself a fairly pragmatic girl. The kind of pragmatic girl who sees no irony whatsoever in ordering a large skinny-sugar-free-extra-chemical latte and a cookie for breakfast. The kind of pragmatic girl who prefers coats with 3/4 length sleeves because they’re just more adorable. I could go on, but the point is that while I love home-made things that are awesome, I despise re-inventing the wheel. Strictly speaking, we could make pretty much everything ourselves, from diet Dr. Pepper to buffalo mozzarella. I like to try my hand at improving things that have some room for improvement within normal time constraints. My latest attempt at evaluating the grocery store’s provisions was home-made granola bars. 

Home-Made and Fabulous Granola Bars (with honey, peanut butter, and coconut)



You will need: 

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used my favorite peanut butter substitute: PB2)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten 
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • Optional: 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly grease and flour (or spray) a 9×13 oven-safe glass dish. I used two smaller dishes so I could try a chocolate chip variation of the recipe.
  •  In a large bowl, combine the oats, sugar, flours, baking soda, cinnamon, coconut and salt. I love the smell of cinnamon right when you pour it into flour or sugar. It smells like kitchen magic. 
  • Stir in the egg, oil, honey, peanut butter, and vanilla. Mix with a wooden spoon, or some recipes suggest using your hands. This stuff gets sticky. 
  • Add any additional ingredients – fruit, nuts, or chocolate chips. 
  • I made one batch of the granola bars without chocolate. Pat the mixture down into the baking dish before putting in the oven for 30 minutes. Before baking:
  • I also made one batch with chocolate, because that’s how I get BF to try something different. Please forgive the inappropriate pan. I’m still unpacking all of my kitchen things. Before baking: 
  • Bake for thirty minutes at 350. Let the dish rest for ten minutes, but cut into bars before it has wholly cooled. Enjoy at least one while it’s still warm: 

Now, in full disclosure, the granola bars that I made were much more crumbly than I had intended. The chocolate ones, especially: 

 

But, when life hands you granola crumbles, open up the Greek yogurt and have yourself a bowl of granola. 
                                            








It’s not really that big of a deal, I just had visions of a face-off between the individually wrapped granola bars from the cereal aisle and my perfect little home-made ones. I did a little Google-ing and it appears that adding 1/2 cup of wheat germ would solve the problem. 




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