Friday, September 3, 2010

-Homemade Granola Bars

At the end of last school year, my son was always begging me to buy granola bars. All the other kids got granola bars packed in their lunches, some even got chocolate covered granola bars filled with caramel, pb, and chocolate chips.

Well, I am that mother who doesn't buy prepackaged things. I decided that if he wanted granola bars, I would make them.

I was able to taste The Barefoot Contessa's granola bars earlier this year, when Leslie
sent them to me as part of Secret Baker. I knew they were really good, so I decided to use that recipe with the dried fruit and nuts that I happened to have on hand.

These were perfect- chewy, sweet, crunchy and delicious. My son was happy and that made me happy.

Recipe for Homemade Granola Bars from the Barefoot Contessa

*I used dried blueberries, golden raisins, and peanuts instead of dates, apricots and cranberries

*I also added milk chocolate chips, but they melted into the hot granola mixture- (duh!), so these kinda turned out to be chocolate coated granola bars!


Megan said...

I really love this granola bar recipe... and yes, I melted all my chocolate the first time I tried to make a chocolate version too.

Last time, I did a cherry, chocolate, and almond version and let the mixture cool a little before adding bittersweet chocolate chunks to it. Still got a little melty but not as bad!

Anonymous said...

Looks amazing--and I LOVE your photography. Great job! =) Glad I came across your blog.

Eliana said...

These look absolutely perfect. I wouldn't expect anything less of you or Ina Garten. I hope that when the time comes for me to have children I will have the energy to make them homemade treats like this one.

The Sugar Queen said...

Those look amazing! I will have to make them!

Andrew said...

Those look super yummy! Mare!!! i LOVE granola!!!