Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Granola bars - 1 / Diet – 0

Tonight's two endeavors were both second trials, attempts to tweak and improve upon my first tries. I did indeed improve both recipes to my satisfaction, and was pleased with the end results. 
First was a copy-cat of a local bakery’s granola bars. They’re loaded with seeds (sunflower and pumpkin) and oats. I even added the tinniest bit of Callebaut semi-sweet chocolate chunks, which works well with the bar's chewy, caramel-like texture, created by cooking the butter, corn syrup and brown sugar. What I learned? The bars do not cook for long or at a high temperature. I learned this the hard way the first time and overcooked the bars, so I reduced the baking time to a mere 15 minutes.
Secondly, the peanut butter oat bars, which were… amazing.  Another crack at mimicking: this time, a coffee shop dessert bar. Very sweet (and addictive), no-bake, (Callebaut) milk chocolate... There is just no resisting this food – It is too powerful, at least for my willpower.
I barely had the time to take a picture to share with you. Every last trace of these treats was devoured, wrapped up, shipped out or passed in the blink of an eye. 


  1. and even sadder...none made it to SMS for testing:(

  2. Mandy, the bars both sounds marvelous! Granola-style bars are one of my mainstays. I hope you're getting closer to publication because I'm dying to try the recipes. :)

    Carol Garvin

  3. Thanks for reading, Carol - the encouragement is motivating! I am looking forward to sharing the recipes, and hearing what people think! And yes, Shelley, the staff table is a good place to start :)