When I wake up I am so not in the mood to eat anything, which means I usually end up starving by the time I get off work. This is a bad cycle which I am trying to stop. I figure granola bars are super convenient and easy to eat, so it would be a perfect breakfast for me. Yet, when I tried the store bought ones, I find them way to sweet to be eaten in the morning right after brushing my teeth. So I endeavored to make my own.
I looked through food blogs and found various recipes and combination's. I decided to make my own recipe because I did not have all the ingredients needed to follow one of the ones already posted. After looking and studying each recipe I came up with my own. So this was definitely an experiment.
And this experiment yielded granola not granola bars. It is not too sweet, with a great amount of crunch. And the baking cooked the oats enough so that they are not tough.
I used two different recipes to guide my experiment, which can be found here and here.
2 cups oats
½ cup pecans
½ cup walnuts
1 cup cherry crasins
1 scoop protein powder
4 tbs butter
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup peanut butter
Mix dry ingredients together. Melt butters, sugar, and honey in saucepan. Bring the ingredients in the saucepan to a boil, but don’t let the liquid burn. Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Bake at 300 degrees for 30-35 min.
I baked these in a deep dish which may have made them more prone to crumble. Next time I make them I will put more liquid into the bars (like eggs, oil, more butter), so that hopefully they will hold them together better. I will also use no such a deep pan, maybe if they are thinner they will hold more too.
This calls for another experiment. But only once I finish my current granola.
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