This is my husband at his half iron-man. It took him 7 hours to complete the swim, bike, run. The training was intense. Hours and hours of preparation. It made me think of this recipe I have spent a year trying to perfect. Do I dare even admit that? Is that too much information about the time I spend in the kitchen? Well, I was after a granola bar recipe that was chewy, delicious, and satisfied my family. This is what I learned about making granola bars from a year of experiments:
- Too much honey, and that is all you can taste.
- Wheat flour, makes it taste gritty.
- Butter...I do not like butter in granola bars. Too rich.
- Too much liquid in the recipe, the granola bars will never set.
- Too little liquid in the recipe, the bars will fall apart.
- I see rice krispies in the granola bars in the store, so why not add them?
- They need to cool off for awhile so they will "set" and be ready to eat.
- Brown sugar makes it chewy, rather than using regular sugar.
- This is not the healthiest recipe, but it beats buying those expensive granola bars at the grocery store.
- My boys ate most of my experiments, so granola bar recipes can withstand a lot of variety and still work!
Sprinkle about 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips on top and gently press down.
Granola bars are done when they are golden brown, unless you like them rock hard :).