Thursday, March 18, 2010

Granola bars from Summer

We needed a replacement for snack bars. Neither of us is in love with protein bars, because we'd pretty much always rather have an actual snack, but D needs them for his long rides. It's tough to peel an orange while riding a bicycle.

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A while ago Summer posted her mother in law's granola bar recipe, and people, these are genius. These are easy to make (the ingredients list is long, but I swear the work is minimal) and so soft and chewy and delicious. They aren't low calorie, but neither are protein bars and these don't have any sketchy ingredients. And they're a million times cheaper. I'm not an expert, but they look like they're gluten free (if you make sure to buy gluten free oats).

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I added cranberries to ours. I'm going to have to figure out how to put chocolate chips in there without melting them. These made my whole week. Hop over to Summer's post to see the recipe.

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23 comments:

  1. I love homemade granola bars! I usually follow Ina's recipe but I will have to try these.. they look delicious.

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  2. Good idea for spring marathon training too-thanks!

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  3. as it happens, i was just in a chocolate seminar (my job is weird) in which it was explained that chocolate with a high cocoa-to-cocoa-butter ratio (listed as a percentage of cocoa on the label of some products) holds up best in the oven; cocoa butter has a much lower melting point, so chocolate with a lot of it goes all gooey when baked (similarly, smooth, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate is high in cocoa butter).

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  4. ...and, er, just realized that your bars aren't baked. happily, the same principle holds for heated ingredients as a general proposition.

    speaking of athletes' chow, have you or D ever experimented with chia as a slow-burning energy source? i had some in a mixed drink a few weeks ago, and it's pretty fascinating stuff.

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  5. ooh i love the idea of making granola bars, but i'd certainly need to throw in some chocolate chips!

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  6. Try puting the chocc chips in your tray first then adding your granola mixture. They wont be mixed through but when you roll down the miture they will be squashed into it. Good luck with it im sure they'll be tasty anyways.

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  7. @ lauren - weird? your job sounds awesome. good to know about the cocoa butter. haven't tried the chia, but now i'm curious.

    @ Me Sme and I - that sounds like the solution! i'll have to try it next time.

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  8. Whoa, those look so pro. Perfectly packed and cut. I will definitely give this recipe a try...when time permits. :)

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  9. Summer is on fire with these recipes lately--these look amazing.

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  10. Is "quinoa grain" different than regular quinoa? Just not cooked I am assuming? We have a girl's cabin and snowshoeing weekend coming up and these might be perfect!

    Also...I love your blog and have been reading it for almost 2 years now and this is my first comment. I made one of your cute toolbelt aprons as a Christmas gift this year- it was well received :)

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  11. @ Alison, I was curious about that too. I used regular quinoa (dry, uncooked) and it worked just fine, so I'm assuming that's correct. And thanks for making your first comment!

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  12. Great blog!

    I love the post and GRANOLA anything :)



    xx

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  13. next on my list: Become Person Who Makes Granola Bars

    Rachel, what are you doing to me??

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  14. yum!!! they look delish - i might have to try them out.

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  15. mmm, these look like the kashi ones I tote around in my purse for when I start getting grouchy and hungry.

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  16. I have been dying to make granola bars for the past couple of weeks. You are giving me further inspiration- these look delicious!

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  17. have been looking for a good granola bar recipe... these look amazing!
    thanks!

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  18. Thank the heavens I don't stay away from your blog for too long...you're always sharing something useful. It's like you know! Me and my bf are trying to save money (for everything it seems) and homemade goods are the way to go. I tried the Carrot-Bran recipe (http://heart-of-light.blogspot.com/2009/02/carrot-bran-muffins.html) and they turned out great. (Now I'm looking to make whole wheat zucchini bread with all the whole wheat flour I have).

    These bars will be excellent to try this weekend. He loves his Clif bars but I'm sure if I pack this in his bag he'll eat it up all the same. Thanks!

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  19. Sooooo....last time I made these the recipe had quinoa in it. But it doesn't seem to now. How much quinoa do you use, lady?

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