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The Granola Bar Experiment

So, I got it in my head today that I should try to make homemade granola bars. If you know me well, you may be snickering. And, whether or not you are familiar with my culinary adventures, you do not know why I do such things.

Googling brought me to a list of 20 healthy recipes that the blogger promised were all legitimately healthy. I clicked through the list until I found one with ingredients I had on hand. And, encouraged by multiple sightings of the phrase “super easy,” I decided to give it a try.

btw . . . I don’t think you should call a recipe “super easy” if it requires a trip to a specialty store and/or a dictionary. Gee willikers, I am plum out of blanched almond flour, chia seeds, ground flax meal, and sucanat.

Sucanat? (And watch the left one wiggle?)

{Will anyone besides my sister get that joke?}

Anyhoo, I selected recipe #7, Granola Bar with Almonds and Dates.

From my point of view, it was more difficult than making chocolate chip cookies but not as difficult as that time I tried to make pie. I melted, chopped, mixed, and slid it all into the oven.

It did not smell great while baking. And, for nearly 25 minutes, I thought, “Geesh! Why did I make such a big batch before I even knew if they’d be good? What is wrong with me? Why don’t I ever learn?” I grimaced and let the granola crapola bake. Took it out of the oven and left it to cool.

Later, I peeked into the kitchen. Got a knife. Took a tentative, suspicious nibble.

Oh my goodness! It’s yummy! (I am not bragging. I am dumbfounded.)

Should you care to give it a try, the recipe (as I made it today) follows. Even if it wasn’t super easy, I will probably make them again. Who knows, next time, maybe I’ll even attempt to use chia seeds.

Anybody have a Chia Pet kit they’re not using?


1/2 C melted margarine
1/2 C honey
4 C uncooked oats
2 C extras (chopped almonds, chopped pecans, craisins, toasted coconut)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 eggs, beaten

Preheat:  350º    Grease 11×17 pan

Combine honey and melted margarine.

Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Pour margarine-honey mixture over dry ingredients and mix well.

Pour beaten eggs over the mixture and mix well.

Smoosh evenly into pan and bake 20-25 minutes.

July 1, 2015 at 6:52 pm Leave a comment

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