We've been trying to make more and more foods from scratch that we love and eat often (hummus, granola, sometimes yogurt, etc.). One of those items is granola bars. I don't eat them often, but Nate has one just about every weekday for a snack. He found a recipe from Alton Brown that he uses as his base, and then adds what he likes.
Here is the recipe. And now here is what Nate does (I'm simply transcribing a note he gave me about what he does):
-Toast about 1/2 the oats (in a toaster oven or oven) to avoid the burnt flavor of the toasted oats.
-Instead of 1/2 cup wheat germ, use 1/4 cup wheat germ and 1/4 cup ground flax seed.
-Add three dried figs (sooo good, by the way--that was from me, not Nate) finely chopped (hard to do because they stick together, but just separate with fingers).
-Add 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips for extra flavor.
-Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl, then pour liquid mixture over the top and mix! (He included the exclamation point.)
-Pour into 9x13 (rather than 9x9) baking dish and press firmly with smaller dish to make more compact.
It was the first time we did this step, and it's a good idea--otherwise, they crumble too easily.