Homemade Granola Bars

I really like to bake, and I usually make desserts because I’m the biggest sweet tooth ever,  but I saw this recipe on Two Peas and Their Pod and I had to try it out. This is actually the second time I’ve made this recipe in the last five days because they were gone that fast. I made about 14 bars which seemed like a good quantity for my family of four but I underestimated the power of a homemade granola bar. The following is my experience and pictures making the bars and if you want the recipe I suggest you click this link because they do a wonderful job explaining each step. Okay!

This is what i referred to when making the bars, I’ve only made it twice but I’ve already got the steps down – it’s that easy! The original recipe calls for pretzels but i used walnuts instead because I’ve never really liked pretzels in granola bars. You could substitute a lot of things like m&ms, pecans, fruit, whatever. It’s a really versatile recipe.

recipie

Making the sauce (I suppose that’s the best thing to call it) it doesn’t require you to melt the butter, but I would cut it into smaller portions so it melts faster. It takes a bit of time to get the sauce to bubble over medium low heat so I would recommend chopping whatever mix-ins you plan on using (i.e. walnuts). The sauce looks kind of funky because I used chunky peanut butter in my version for some extra texture.

sauce

 

melted sauce

When you mix in all of the dry ingredients it helps to use more of a folding technique rather than just an average stir, especially when you put in the rice crispies because you don’t want to smash them (they did, however, snap crackle and pop!). When it came time to put the granola into the pan I pressed it down with a measuring cup because they sometimes fell apart in my first batch. This batch is in the fridge as I’m typing this so I can’t say how it worked yet.

choco

I really enjoy making this recipe because it’s so easy and tastes so good! The cleanup is also really minimal. If there’s one thing I’m sick of when cooking it would be cleaning endless glass bowls. Those things never seem clean! But this recipe just has a pot and some measuring cups. It’s likely you’ll have less than me (and most of the measuring cups were just used for the nuts and cereal, so they don’t really count). The leftover granola came off extremely easy when cleaned off under water. I hope you try this recipe because it is amazing!

clean up

P.S. my kitten Watson loves to hang out in a sink while a cook. Do you have any cooking buddies?

watson

 

 

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