I made this recipe about a month ago, but I completely forgot that I had taken photos of the whole process in the hopes of doing a "welcome to Fall, here's how to make some granola!" post. Alas! I was distracted. But it's all right, granola is good any time. I was slightly intimidated about making them, simply because there are so many different ways to do it and I didn't know what was best.
I believe I followed this recipe, but honestly I was hardly following one. I was more just following the ingredient and cooking time guidelines and then throwing in whatever I felt like. So here is what I wound up with.
Homemade Granola Bars Ingredients:
3/4 C peanut butter
1/3 C raw honey
4 C old fashioned oats
1/2 C toasted almonds
1/3 C dried cranberries
2 egg whites
1/2 t almond extract
1/2 C shredded coconut
1/3 C dark chocolate chips
The first thing I did was chop the almonds, just a rough chop, and toast them in the oven. You're supposed to toast until you smell them and that method worked fine for me. It was about 10-15 mins at 350 degrees.
Then I measured out the peanut butter and microwaved until it was nice and liquidy and pourable.
Squish everything together as best and compact as you can. It was here that I wondered if I my mixture was sticky enough, but I figured I'd just go with it at this point.
I definitely noticed here that my mixture wasn't sticky enough. When I started cutting up my bars, it basically fell apart. The next time I do this, I'm going to increase the peanut butter and the honey by a tad to see if that helps.
Regardless of the shape, this recipe was delicious! I ate absolutely all of it. Completely by myself. My husband said he didn't want hippie food. He's a weirdo sometimes. The nice thing about using so many ingredients is that I had plenty leftover and could make bunches more homemade granola bars without buying anything further. The only thing I might need to keep stocked up on is the oats since you use four cups, but oats are pretty cheap. I think this is definitely more valuable than buying a pack of eight tiny granola bars every week and probably a lot more healthy, too.
If you give it a shot, let me know how your recipe turned out... especially if you upped the peanut butter/honey!