August 17, 2008

Granola Bars - Take One

Granola bars seem like a healthy food. But most of what you find at the store, really isn't that good for you - and if it is, it is so expensive you wouldn't give it to your kids.
So, is it possible to make you own? We tried, and well, we are going to try it again.

Granola Bar Recipe #1 - Kind of like a sweet bread but a bar. It was dense but yummy because we added chocolate chips. It fell apart when we cut it into bars the first day we made it, it was easier to cut the second day, but we still wouldn't give it to our kids inside the house or car.
Granola Bar Recipe #2 This one was lighter than #1, but fell apart just the same. With fruit inside it would have been just like a nutrigrain bar (w/out the nasty aftertaste). But the not staying together part was not working for us.
Granola Bar Recipe #3 Recipe adapted from Alton Brown's Granola Bars. This was more traditional granola made into a bar. This one stuck together better, still not what we would expect of a treat that is supposed to be portable. It had fruit and nuts and oats and a carmel type sauce that helped it stick together. Cutting it proved to be difficult because it had a mind of its own.
Granola Bar Recipe #4 Honey Almond Granola Bars. This recipe tasted really good. It had no sugar - just honey and was not too sweet. Broke apart though when we tried to cut it into bars.
Granola Bar Recipe #5 Oatmeal Cookie Granola Bars. This was a recipe for regular granola that said to press it into a pan before baking to make it into granola bars. It turned back into granola after I tried to cut it. It tasted just like an oatmeal cookie.

So every recipe had the same basic problem: Falls apart too easily. Could never feed it to the kids because of the mess it would make.

So we are still looking for the perfect granola bar recipe. These are our rules:
1. It has to be made from whole foods - no over processed fake food or trans fat.
2. It has to stick together(not fall apart) and be easy to eat on the go.
3. It has to actually taste good.

1 comment:

Courtney said...

What if you shaped the dough into granola bars before you baked it, so you wouldn't have to deal with cutting it? Sorry I don't have any help for you.