Saturday, April 16, 2011

Baked Granola

I decided to try my hand at making some homemade granola for Justin.  I read through lots of blogs and arrived at an ingredient list to suit my needs.  Justin wants to eat a certain amount of carbs in the morning but is not really an early morning eater.  He chokes down some Fiber One because he knows he needs to, but then it sits like a rock in, what feels like, his throat for hours.  So, I have been trying to help him find something that is super yummy, easy to eat first thing in the morning, and mostly carbs.

What’s more delicious than granola?  The tricky part is trying to make a granola bar that will hold together yet not contain any fat.

Here is what I came up with and it is yummy but definitely can not be eaten in bar form.  It’s going to have to be eaten by the handful!

Here are ingredients I went with:

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  • 2 cups 7-Grain Cereal
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sprinkled cinnamon over the whole pan (lightly)

I sprayed a small Pyrex dish with Pam along with a metal spoon, dumped all the ingredients in, mixed it up, spread it out, and pressed it down.

I put it in a 350 degree oven for who knows how long!  It seemed like forever!  I kept setting the timer for 10 more minutes!   When the oats finally started to brown and smell toasty, I took it out. It had to have been at least 30 minutes and after looking back over some recipes, I think that’s about right.

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It tastes really good, but I was hoping it would miraculously turn into a chewy granola bar in the oven!

I’m going to keep trying different recipes.  I think I’m going to have to add peanut butter next time and see how much fat that adds to the bar and maybe some protein powder?  Maybe instead of just a carb bar, I’ll make a bar that has all the protein, carbs and fat he needs for the whole meal!

Any recommendations are appreciated!

1 comment:

  1. Yum this actually sounds so good! I want to try this!