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Cheap Eats: Crunchy Dark Chocolate Homemade Granola Bars

Crunchy, Nutty Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

Ring-ring! “Hey girl, can I call you back? I’m making chocolate-dipped granola bars.”

“…oh my God, who ARE you???”

Apparently, I am a girl that bakes homemade granola bars in her spare time. Don’t be too impressed; it’s honestly not that big of a deal. Anyone who’s made their own granola before can tell you how cheap and easy it is. Turning that granola into convenient, portable bars takes just a few more steps:

1. Add something sticky and gooey to the granola.
2. Bake said granola.
3. Cut said granola into bars.
4. Dip bars into high quality chocolate.

Done.

The one trick is waiting for the granola to cool before you cut it — if you’re impatient and try to cut too early, you risk ending up with a (delicious) heap of crumbly clusters instead of the handy bars you intended.

Granola is especially substitution-friendly, so use whatever ingredients make sense to you. I used a mix of almond, pecans, and blueberry craisins here, but any another combination of nuts and dried fruit would work just as well. I used agave nectar to bind everything together; honey and maple syrup are great alternatives.

These sweet, nutty granola bars are the perfect energy-packed snack get you through a long afternoon. Recipe after the jump!

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Honey Chocolate Chip Granola

I got inspired to make my own granola after seeing someone make it on the Food Network. I wanna say it was the Neely’s? Maybe Ina Garten? Honestly, I watch the Food Network so often that everything starts to blur together after awhile (how amazing is Ann Burrell?! I mean, really). Anyway, I poked around in my pantry one morning and put together this granola recipe.

This stuff is seriously addictive. Baked with honey, the rolled oats and puffed cereal are equal parts crunchy and sweet. Roasted almonds add saltiness, and raisins add chewy goodness. And of course, let’s not forget the chocolate chips. Sub in your favorite ingredients and flavors to make this recipe your own. Just be careful not to overdo it with the nuts and dried fruit — they’re very calorie-dense.

To fight midday hunger, scoop 1/2 cup portions into small zip-lock bags for a healthy, convenient snack. It also makes a great breakfast; just add milk. Read on for this granola recipe. Read more…

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