Make Your Own Granola Bars

Any active athlete knows the importance of getting proper nutrition. Granola bars are a favorite among competitors because they provide a quick burst of energy and are easy to pack.

Unfortunately, a lot of the granola bars found in the grocery store aren’t as healthy as you might think. Often chocolate chips, marshmallows, and excess quantities of sugar are included. By making your own granola bars you can choose just how much of each ingredient you want.

We made these bars the other night and they turned out great. The total cost was around $8 and took about 45 minutes to make. The recipe yielded about 10 bars, twice as thick as the kind you’d get at the store.  Although you probably won’t save a fortune by making your own, the real benefit is the fresh taste. We used a blend of blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, and cherries and I think this made for an excellent combination. If I made them again I would probably use a little less honey and sugar, just because I prefer snacks that are less sweet. Also I would like to try substituting walnuts for almonds. For the privileged who own a food dehydrator, I can only imagine how good these would be with fresh, dried fruit.

Granola Bars Recipe [Good Eats]


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