Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A most delicious recipe

I simply must share. It was so delicious. So extremely delicious.
I wanted to take a picture, but I am such a terrible photographer that I decided my photos weren't worth sharing. But this recipe is.
Yesterday, my sister and I made homemade granola bars. Delicious homemade granola bars (did I already say that?).
The recipe, taken from Honest Cooking, was easy, fast, and horribly addicting. The ingredients are as follows:
2 cups oats
½ cup sugar
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon or nutmeg (we used nutmeg)
½ cup chocolate chips
1 cup raisins
¼ to a ½ cup sesame seeds
¼ cup flax seeds
¼ to a ½ cup shredded coconut
⅔ cup peanut butter or almond butter
6 Tbsp coconut oil
¼ cup honey
1 Tbsp water

(Their ingredients were slightly different; They used less peanut butter but we had trouble getting it to come together, and even with adding more, it still kind of falls apart, so even more might be necessary. Also, they recommend olive oil but we decided coconut oil might go with the flavor better.)

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking dish with parchment paper, then lightly grease it (We used a 8 x 8 baking dish, which worked, but I think next time we will use a larger one, since it was very thick).
Process ⅓ cup of the oats in a blender or food processor until finely ground (we actually used our nut and seed grinder [an old coffee grinder] because it was such a small amount).
Stir together all dry ingredients (oats, ground oats, sugar, salt, nutmeg, chocolate chips, raisins, seeds, and coconut). Stir in oil honey, peanut butter and water.
Spread into pan. Press firmly into the corners and edges to top is even.
Bake for 30 minutes, until top starts to brown. The edges will become deep golden and may feel underdone in the center, but that's okay. They'll firm quite nicely as they cool. (The last three sentences were directly from the recipe, and I'm not sure if they're true. Our granola bars sort of fell apart as we cut them, so I wonder if maybe cooking longer would help? But then again, I tend to overcook rather than undercook.)
Cool in pan for 20 or so minutes, then take them out of pan using parchment. Let cool completely before cutting.

Once again, I'm sorry I have no pictures to share. You will simply have to go on my word that they were wonderful, without any tantalizing pictures to tempt your tastebuds. The sweet and salty and chocolaty taste, with the hint of peanut butter… Oh, they are so good.
Thank you, Honest Cooking, for this good recipe!

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  1. Sounds very good! YUM! I will have to make them! Maybe we could make them next time I come to your house! (This is your cousin)


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