Monday, September 6, 2010

Nate's Granola Bars

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.
And enjoy!

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