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How To Make Granola Bars at Home — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

How To Make Granola Bars at Home — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
I am a self-professed granola bar fiend. Maybe it's an ingrained snacking habit from the countless bars eaten in the back seat of the car before ballet practice all through grade school. Or maybe it's the fact that I tend to get hangry if I go too long between meals. Either way, I nearly always have a granola bar or two close at hand. I've made a lot of granola bars over the years and have tried everything from honey to maple syrup to bind them together. Brown rice syrup is special because it is versatile. The granola bar recipe I've outlined below has my favorite ratios of oats, crispy cereal, nuts, and dried fruits, but it's really just a template. One note: I do still occasionally get bars that don't totally stick together, especially when I'm aiming for chewier bars and especially in hot and humid weather (since the sugar absorbs moisture from the air, I'm guessing). How to Make Homemade Granola Bars Makes 8 bars What You Need Ingredients Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Banana Nutella Granola - Sallys Baking Addiction I have to admit, it’s easy to get wrapped up in sharing my dessert recipes with you all the time. There’s just something about a fudgy brownie and gooey caramel cookie that I know you will love! Maybe it’s all the sugar. But in all honesty, I find the most joy in baking wholesome goodies that aren’t over the top decadent. But I’m excited to share with you a few new healthier recipes in the coming weeks that are not only friendly on the waist line, but taste good. If you’re anything like me, you have a semi-serious infatuation with Nutella. Whether it’s smeared on a piece of toast, swirled into a pumpkin pie, or stuffed into a muffin, there’s pretty much no way I can turn down this creamy, luscious cocoa hazelnut spread. One repeat granola recipe I have is my Dark Chocolate Cherry Nutella Granola. Today’s granola was an easy switch up from the old favorite. I topped the warm granola with semi-sweet chocolate chips and banana chips for added flavor and texture. Ingredients: Directions:

Berry Bliss Oat Squares My doctor’s appointment went well yesterday. After doing a physical exam (twisting and bending my back all around and also checking the back bones), the doc thinks that my bones and spinal discs are fine, but it is probably an aggravated sciatic nerve (given the location of the pain). Apparently this is fairly common and will just heal with time. While she can’t be 100% sure without an X-ray, she doesn’t like to do X-rays unless absolutely necessary and given that I am not in a ton of pain, she isn’t overly concerned. Apparently, sciatic nerves can be stubborn healers so if it doesn’t heal within another week or so, I’m going to look into seeing a physical therapist or chiropractor. She gave me the go ahead for low impact exercise and I can start running when the pain is fully gone. Breakfast was bright and cheery just like my mood… A Berry Doughy Smoothie Adapted Kath’s Dough Boy smoothie. Vegan Overnight Oats (modified version): Smoothie: Good to the last spoonful. And we’re running out! 1.

Nutella Cherry Hazelnut Fudge - Annie's EatsAnnie's Eats Nutella Cherry Hazelnut Fudge Cooking View I am so hyped for holiday baking this year. Not that that is particularly different from any other year, but still. I love all sorts of cookies and most candies but for me, fudge is the ultimate holiday treat. As a result of my strong feelings, I almost always include fudge in my holiday treat bags.

Oops | Nutella Mascarpone Phyllo Bites My fingers fumbled as I eagerly opened a new jar of Nutella. A 26.5 oz jar. Oh yes, I’m serious about my Nutella. If they sold it by the gallon, I’m afraid I would but it. I may even consider getting a Costco membership if bigger jars of Nutella were sold there. As the lid spun off and was set aside, I punctured the gold foil seal with a little too much gusto, and…my finger fell in. I wasn’t looking for trouble when I opened that jar. I saw these Mini Fillo (Phyllo) Shells at the store the other day and thought they were so adorable and convenient. The other benefit? If you have a piping bag, it makes it easier to fill the shells neatly. Ingredients 1/3 cup Nutella 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese 1 tablespoon powdered sugar 15 mini phyllo shells optional garnish (e.g. hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, chocolate curls) Instructions In a medium bowl, whisk together the Nutella and 1/3 cup of mascarpone cheese until well blended.

Coconut Butter Bark by Diabetic Paleo Normally Wednesdays are our Guest Blogger Series day; but, there’s just so many new and wonderful Paleo and real-food bloggers out there that we’ve expanded our series to two days a week. We hope you enjoy the expanded view points and unique content; if so, we encourage you to show these guest bloggers your support by visiting their blog and social media links at the end of this post! Today’s post is from Nathalie from Diabetic Paleo. I found her blog not long ago and was impressed with her honesty and food photography. I can only imagine her story and health struggles will resonate with quite a few of you. Today she offers a nut-free lunchbox-friendly treat for a variety of diets, including diabetics, thyroid issues and autoimmune (if you leave out the chocolate)! When I look up recipes for school-friendly snacks, I’m always amazed at the recipes that include nuts. I should also premise this by saying that my kids aren’t entirely paleo, (yet!) Enter coconut butter. Behold! Ingredients

Cakey, Oaty Energy Bars Packed with Fruits & Seeds When I had to adopt a restricted diet last year, I also got a crash course in planning ahead for snacks. Grabbing an impromptu bite to eat became a lot more complicated, and even store-bought energy bars were off-limits due to various food allergies and intolerances. I quickly developed the habit of always — always! — carrying something edible and energy-boosting in my bag. Packed with fruit and seeds, these oat bars are like a thick, cakey granola bar, and so much more exciting than a bag of GORP. Although these bars won't satisfy everyone's dietary restrictions, they are free of dairy, refined sugar, tree nuts, and gluten. In my version, I use a combination of certified gluten-free oats, naturally sweet raisins and dried apricots, and roasted pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. Sometimes it takes a crisis to jumpstart your cooking, and in this case I'm glad I was given the incentive to make my own healthier snacks. Cakey, Oaty Energy Bars Packed with Fruits & Seeds Makes 12 bars

Heavenly Hash Bars | Kitchn Just when I thought I'd filled my arsenal with enough delicious homemade holiday treats, along came heavenly hash to sweep them all under the carpet. (Well, for today at least.) The combination of bittersweet chocolate, roasted almonds, and marshmallows is truly a gift from above! Heavenly Hash may be better known as an ice cream flavor, but it actually started out as a candy. I made these bars with the intention of serving them at a friend's holiday party, but unfortunately half didn't make it to their final destination — they were just too addictive not to keep gobbling up after every pass through the kitchen. New Orleans folks know a thing or two about the good life (and great food) and these "heavenly" treats are definitely no exception. Heavenly Hash Bars Makes approximately 12 squares or 16 clusters; can be doubled Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper with enough excess hanging over the sides of the pan to use as "handles"; spray paper with cooking spray.

Brunch Recipe: Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Breakfast Bars Recipes from The Kitchn Southerners celebrate the good things in life with food, be it an extravagant game-day tailgate, a casual holiday party, or a formal Christmas Eve dinner. No detail goes unnoticed and no stone goes unturned. My parents' home was recently flooded with friends and family to celebrate an intense — but friendly — college football rivalry. Besides the big game, the weekend was filled with laughter and food, glorious food. Country ham biscuits, Bloody Marys, cheesy dips, smoked barbecue with all the fixin's, mom's famous chili, Texas Layer Cake, and so much more. It made me so proud to be Southern! After all the fun and games were over (and my team won!) I was immediately taken by the new-to-me cream cheese bars. I knew I had to find the recipe, because these tasty bites would be perfect for a Christmas morning breakfast. Do you prepare a special breakfast for holiday mornings or is it cereal and milk? Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Breakfast Bars Makes 20 to 24 squares (Images: Nealey Dozier)