I was scanning around 5 Dollar Dinners the other day and found a number of great ideas for ways to save money through food.
Homemade granola breakfast anytime snack bars
One item that caught my eye was homemade granola bars and the original recipe is on a blog called Joyful Abode. I think on a GOOD day Nutragain bars cost $3.00 a box and don't have a lot of protein. I like Kashi bars but those cost even more. The recipe looked easy enough (her photos are great too) and didn't require my oven to be on too long, so that's an energy bonus.
How'd they turn out?
I followed the recipe to a T and I think the combination of nuts and 'glue' ingredients is perfect! The crushed peanuts give it a slight-but-not-too-much nutty flavor, and while I thought the amount of cranberries looked like a lot, it's a nice amount of fruit to balance out the other flavors.
What I learned for next time
I think I need to find something to help me press down on the mixture hard in an even way. Maybe stick a book on top of the wax paper to keep it pressed and even? I have stuck some in the fridge and some in the freezer to see how that helps them firm up (obviously I didn't let them sit long enough either but if you read my Biggest Loser post from today you'll know why) and also to see how long they last since there are no preservatives.
Twofer Thumbs Up
This recipe is deelish and I definitely plan to make it again. Plus, the ingredients cost about $1.50 per batch with approximately 10-12 bars in each batch (as opposed to 5-6 bars in store-bought boxes). I like that I can experiement with ingredients that my family likes...different nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, and that big bag of Flax seed I've yet to find a use for (those didn't toast so well for fish or salad).
Let me know if you have a homemade granola bar recipe you like!