Thursday, February 10, 2011

Crunchy Granola...why do I feel like I just stereotyped myself?

Ok, let's avoid the jokes here, we all know I'm a bit crunchy granola.  I've been cooking a ton the last few days.  I think it's the winter weather, and a desire to stay active, while seeking out warm, delicious comfort foods.  But there was also my plan to make stuff that we normally buy, based on this post.  I sort of cheated, in that I don't actually buy granola bars that often.  But I was looking into snacks to make the kids, and replace some of the stuff I buy them.

So far I've tried two different recipes.  The first one I did, from sparkpeople, wasn't a complete success.  I switched up the honey to Agave nectar, since I'm was trying to lower the glycemic index a little, but in the end, the granola was far too sweet, sticky, and fell apart really easily.  More like Granola, no bar.  It wasn't bad, in fact, Lilia really liked it, declaring it "The best cookie ever!"

The second one was the allrecipes playground Granola bars recipe.  I have to say, this one was a bit tastier.  Again, I switched up honey for Agave.  I reduced the flour, and added flaxseed meal, and added dried fruit instead of just raisins.  It wasn't too sweet, it was perfect.  When I make them again, I think I will reduce the cooking time though- they are just a tad hard around the edges, with a slight burnt taste.  But they are very chewy, which I like. The only complaint I have is that it's more a cookie consistency than a granola bar.  Ah well, who doesn't like cookies, right?  Both kids seem to like them, as do John and I.  In fact, I think we like them a little too much, as I have to fight the urge to constantly eat them.

I think next month I will do graham crackers.   And I have to say, it's hard to limit myself to one thing each month.  I was ready to jump in and make a million different things!


  1. gah - graham crackers!? that sounds delicious right now. especially with chocolate frosting on them. *drool*

    I'm the farthest thing from being crunchy, but I think crunchy people are totally rad.

  2. If I can find the recipe I used when I made granola bars a few months ago I will send it to you & you can try it. I liked it quite a bit; just haven't had time to make them again. :)