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.
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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I made these chocolate muffins late last night, and despite how incredible they smelled coming out of the oven, I somehow managed to go to bed without tasting them.
I cannot believe I deprived myself of chocolate muffins for a whole day! Let me tell you, these things are good. I mean, they are REALLY good. They’re chocolatey and dense, but not overly sweet. You could have one for breakfast if you wanted, but you could just as easily have one for dessert. And they’re low-fat! Whole wheat flour and nonfat yogurt definitely make these muffins much more nutritious than your average chocolate treat.
Honestly, they’re chocolate muffins. Do you really need me to sell you on the idea? Read more… →
I recently made these chocolate chip blondies for EV’s annual Community Event. EV (Earthen Vessels) is an incredible organization that I worked with while I was in college. You can read all about the phenomenal work that EV does here.
Anyway, one of the highlights of the EV Community Event is the potluck dinner. There’s always the most amazing homemade food there — I’ve definitely had at least two life-changing mac-and-cheese experiences at Community Events over the years. I knew I had to bring something tasty.
These chocolate chip blondies fit the bill. They’re beyond simple to make and they feed a ton of people. I kept them basic, but you can add nuts, toffee, or whatever you like. Officially, these are blondies, but honestly, who are we kidding? It’s a giant chocolate chip cookie. Read on for the recipe. Read more… →
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… →