Monday, August 13, 2012

Start your day off right

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When Ian and I run late for work, we always grab a pre-made granola bar for breakfast. But, the truth is, we both don't like them all that much. They're generally not that tasty and they're full of sugar. So, while we were at the grocery store on Saturday, Ian proposed that we make our own. A quick Google search later, we had a recipe/grocery list and we were on our way to making delicious breakfast bars.

We used Alton Brown's recipe on the Food Network as a jumping off point and then made our own alterations.

We doubled the recipe to make a whole pan full of bars, and we also added cranberries, coconut and pumpkins seeds, instead of just having one cup of almonds.

Here's what you'll need:
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter (plus extra for greasing the pan)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
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1. Butter a baking pan and set it aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, and wheat germ onto a pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.

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4. Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees F. Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine. Turn mixture out into the prepared baking dish and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the dish.
(It should look like the photo above.)

5. Place the pan in the oven to bake for 25 minutes.

6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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Well friends, there you have it, homemade granola bars. And let me tell you, they are delicious. We will definitely be doing this again. No more store bought breakfast for us.

What do you grab when you're running out the door to work?

6 comments:

  1. Oh goodness these look so wonderfully tasty! I cannot wait to have a real oven again so I can once again use normal sized cookie sheets and make this!

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  2. I'm gonna have to give that a shot someday! As it stands, I will usually make a batch of these No-Bake Energy Bites and eat them for a quick breakfast (or mid-day snack!). They're surprisingly filling!

    http://smashedpeasandcarrots.blogspot.com/2011/08/no-bake-energy-bites-recipe.html

    Also, I'm really into not using my oven if I can help it. I think it's on steroids, because anything that requires about a 20-minute stint in the oven is burning to a crisp by 10 or 15. :[

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  3. oh god im so hungry now they look brill!

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  4. that looks great! I've considered making my own bars but haven't given it a shot yet.

    I either make a smoothie in the morning... or a fruit and yogurt parfait. I know that's not really 'grabbing it on the way out the door' but it only takes 2 min to throw things at random into my blender (anything with peanut butter and it'll be good).

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  5. those look wonderful! I'll have to try this recipe sometime

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  6. oh they look yummy!

    i made zucchini bread yesterday so thats what k and i will be having the next few mornings! i'm sure it will be gone very soon cause its so darn good!

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