Okay, granola bars. Take two.
I decided that the first batch, was too baked-good-esque and that I needed something a little bit more CHEWY! I still want to stick to my real food principles, though–no sugar substitutes, unnecessary fats, or additives allowed in these bars.
After surfing some blogs cookbooks for recipes, I created my own little mixture. It subs out the wheat flour for rice krispies and leans on the side of a no-bake bar. Here’s the recipe I followed:
1.5 cups Rice Krispies
1.5 cups quick – cooking oats
1.5 cups honey
1.5 cups peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped apricots
I melted the honey, pb, and vanilla over low heat and then mixed with all of the other ingredients. Afterwards, I pressed the mixture into a shallow pan and stuck them in the fridge to harden.
Taste = A+. Apricots are the way to go in terms of dried fruits in your granola bars. Balanced with the peanut butter, it almost tasted like a PB & Jam sandwich!
Texture = not quite right. They were kind of soggy and needed to stay in the fridge to avoid falling apart. I think I need a stiffer “glue”, and might have to venture out to find more binding agents besides honey & PB. Any suggestions?