Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Let me tell you a true story. I hate high fructose corn syrup.
Let me tell you another true story. I hate it most when it's snuck into "healthy" (or should-be-healthy) foods.
So when I was jonesin' for a granola bar a couple of weeks ago, Nature's Valley just wasn't going to cut it. You know what they say, if you want something done right, do it yourself. So lately, I've found that the best way to enjoy my favorite snacks, is to make them from scratch (this is also a good way to eliminate unhealthy preservatives from your diet). A quick Google search yielded a few promising recipes, but I decided to adapt this one, found on the lovely little blog How Sweet It Is. And, if I must say so myself, the result was quite tasty, and these hearty little bars are very filling (making for a great on-the-go breakfast or post-workout snack!). Ladies and gentlemen, here's how it's done...
4 cups of rolled oats
1/2 cup of unsalted peanuts, chopped
3/4 cup of all natural melted peanut butter
1/2 cup of mixed nuts, chopped
3/4 cup of all natural honey
-Preheat the oven to 350.
-In a large bowl, combine oats, peanuts and mixed nuts
-Add honey and stir it all up!
-Add melted peanut butter and mix until the dry contents are moist*
-Press dough in a greased 15.5 x 10.5 inch baking sheet
-Bake for 25 minutes (30 minutes if you want them crunchier)
-Remove from the oven and immediately cut into bar shapes
-Let bars cool for about a half hour, then enjoy!
This recipe yields about 16 granola bars
*If the mixture seems dry, add a bit more peanut butter (or honey, depending on your preference). You also may need to use your hands!