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How to Make Homemade Granola Bars Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn. I am a self-professed granola bar fiend.

How to Make Homemade Granola Bars Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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. Making my own from the assortment of oats, nuts, and dried fruits that are always in my cupboard was a natural next step. 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. Peanut Butter & Chocolate Energy Bars — Recipes from The Kitchn. Cakey, Oaty Energy Bars Packed with Fruits & Seeds — Recipes from The Kitchn. When I had to adopt a restricted diet last year, I also got a crash course in planning ahead for snacks.

Cakey, Oaty Energy Bars Packed with Fruits & Seeds — Recipes from The Kitchn

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. No-Bake Recipe: Gluten-Free and Vegan Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Bars — Recipes from The Kitchn. If I had realized how simple it was to create delicious no-bake pumpkin bars, I wouldn't have waited so long to make them, let alone share the recipe.

No-Bake Recipe: Gluten-Free and Vegan Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Bars — Recipes from The Kitchn

No-Bake Recipe: Gluten-Free and Vegan Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Bars — Recipes from The Kitchn. Raw Recipe: Tahini-Date Salted Caramels — Recipes from The Kitchn. I considered waiting until the holidays to share these salted tahini date caramels with you, but they are so swoon-worthy that I just had to post the recipe right now.

Raw Recipe: Tahini-Date Salted Caramels — Recipes from The Kitchn

Plus, if you can get your hands on caramel-like Barhi dates, which won't be in season for long, they will make these confections all the more special. I like to think of them as the heavenly offspring of caramels and halva, without the need for stirring a pot of bubbling hot sugar; in fact, they don't even contain any refined sugar, or flour, or dairy. If you're like me, when your farmers' market Date Guy says that Barhi dates will only be available for another week or two, you greedily buy up as many boxes as you can carry. Carrot Cake Power Bites — Snack Recipes from The Kitchn. These snacks are vegan, require no baking, and come together quickly in the food processor — but best of all, they taste like carrot cake!

Carrot Cake Power Bites — Snack Recipes from The Kitchn

They're also made from whole ingredients (with just a teeny tiny drizzle of sugary icing on top), so even though they taste like dessert, they have enough fiber, protein, and fat to keep you ticking right through the afternoon doldrums. My husband, my parents, and four of my most discerning food writer friends all gave these little snack bites an enthusiastic thumbs up. The no-bake dough is moist and soft, with plenty of natural sweetness from cooked, mashed carrots and chopped dates. The cinnamon-spiced dough balls are topped off with a drizzle of vanilla bean icing, creating a taste sensation just like carrot cake with vanilla frosting. Because this dough is so soft and sticky, it doesn't quite work to roll it into balls with your hands. Shaping the power bites Drop the shaped bites into almond meal to make them easier to roll into balls.

Jammy Granola Bars — Snack Recipes from The Kitchn. These granola bars are the most decadent thing to emerge from my kitchen in quite a while, and let me tell you, they're worth every rich, buttery, jam-filled bite.

Jammy Granola Bars — Snack Recipes from The Kitchn

They're the perfect hiking snack, bake sale treat, or homey dessert (à la mode? Don't mind if I do!). Or have one for breakfast, along with a strong mug of coffee and a side of self-satisfied bliss. Go on, enjoy one of these by yourself before they leave the kitchen — the recipe makes plenty, so you'll still have some to share. Rolled oats and whole wheat flour impart a halo of health food wholesomeness, but don't be fooled, these granola bars belong firmly in the dessert category.

For the jam filling, I used a couple jars of homemade apricot-rhubarb preserves that were hiding in the pantry, the end of my stash from last summer's canning, but the granola acts as the perfect blank canvas for any flavor of jam. How to Make Easy 3-Ingredient Energy Bars at Home Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn. Power bars!

How to Make Easy 3-Ingredient Energy Bars at Home Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Make them at home with only three ingredients and a food processor. Prepare for your mind to be blown. Ready? Homemade energy bars. Three ingredients. Apricot and Citrus No-Bake Bars + A Book Review. I’m not sure when I first knew about Susan.

Apricot and Citrus No-Bake Bars + A Book Review

Did she find me, or did I find her? No matter. I’m just glad we did find each other over this Interweb thingy. Obviously as you are reading this blog on some kind of device through the modern voodoo that is the Internet, you don’t need to be convinced of the value of New Media. Healthy Vegan Trail Mix Energy Bars. It seems like this will be the week of energy bars for me.

Healthy Vegan Trail Mix Energy Bars

I have just gotten obsessed with these delicious little treats, and they are a lot of fun to make. Just yesterday I posted my incredibly simple three-ingredient energy bar recipe, so make sure to check that out after! This recipe is a little bit more fancy, and the flavors is adapted from the ever popular snack: Trail Mix. Trail mix, like most of you probably know, is a very popular snack to bring when you are going hiking or whenever you need an energy boost. It is just a very simple and tasty mixture of dried fruits, nuts and sometimes even some dark chocolate, and I figured what better way to make this snack even more convenient than making it into a healthy vegan energy bar?