May 26, 2011


The other day I decided I should make granola bars so that I would eat breakfast in the morning.
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.

The Recipe:

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
Some honey

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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  1. sounds super yummy!! i want some :)

    Tiffany, I blog over at

  2. Thanks for sharing! This looks super yummy! I am stopping by from the Strut Your Stuff Link Party. I am your newest follower and cannot wait to read more:) I would love to have you stop by my blog when you have a chance!

  3. Great idea! I may have to give it a try! Thank you so much for linking up to "It's a Party"!

  4. I love making my own granola to have over yogurt for breakfasts or snacks...your combination looks delicious!

  5. Yum, homemade granola beats storebought hands down. Thanks so much for sharing this at Sweets for a Saturday. I hope you'll be able to join in again.