Sunday, January 18, 2009

Savory Sundays: Playgroup Granola Bars

Well, here we are, the second edition of Savory Sundays. Some good stuff for you today. First up, some granola bars. Never thought I'd make granola bars but these were getting lots of good reviews on All Recipes, so I decided to try them out. I'm glad I did. Click on the link for the recipe. The ingredients:

I had to buy wheat germ for this but since it's healthy I knew it was worth it. Aside from that, I had most of the ingredients handy. So first thing, you have to mix the dry ingredients, toss in the wet ingredients like so:

And then - the fun part - you mix with your hands:

You get your fingers pretty sticky but that's the only way to mix. It starts to come together pretty well.

It forms a solid clump that when you drop it into the baking dish, but that can be easily resolved.

This is after pushing it down with a spatula for a minute or so.

You can bake it for anywhere from 25 minutes or and up. I like to keep it in for exactly 30 minutes. When the edges brown, it's done.

I like to cut it in pieces when it's still warm. In fact, that's the only time you can cut it.

Just a little warning, though. These are highly addictive.


Pamela said...

Ok, I still have yet to try these. It will happen, I promise. :) Have a great day LB! :)

ChristineM said...

Ah, one of my favorites! I might have to make some of these today myself! Thanks for sharing!

Lissaloo said...

We really liked these,a lot, but I found them to be almost too sweet. Have any of you guys tried changing them up? This had definitely been the BEST granola bar recipe I have ever tried. Yummy :)

L.B. said...

Yeah, they are pushing it on the sweetness. I thought about reducing some of the honey and/or brown sugar to try and cut back on that.

As far as variations, I've thought about raisins (I think the original recipe calls for some actually) or M&Ms, although the raisins would be more healthy. I might try those two first to see how they work and then go from there.

Lissaloo said...

I think I will try to cut the B.sugar to half, It kind of makes me leery to mess with it because the texture of them is so perfect. I guess if it doesn't hold together well I can always turn it into Granola :)