Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Last night, while Josh was out at one of his many volleyball events, I ventured into the kitchen. This is an unusual occurrence for me lately... it is not that I don't enjoy cooking, I actually do. I hate the prep. I am the queen of settling into cook and realizing that I don't have half the ingredients that I need or that the chicken I was planning on using has so much freezer burn that it simply isn't edible. Then, all I can do is shrug my shoulders and give in to Josh's craving for Q'doba.

But somewhere in blog land or facebook world, I came across this recipe for homemade granola bars. I know, I know, it isn't exactly "cooking" but it is a start.  I wish I could remember who posted it so I could give them credit... but, alas, I simply copied the recipe and put it into the documents folder on my laptop. So, whoever you are, identify yourself (if you like) so we all can give you culinary kudos!

(I decided to document the preparation of these granola bars in the style of The Pioneer Woman who simply amazes me with her skill and creativity in the world of cooking and photography. If you have never checked out her website, you should. Now.)

First things first. Here are the ingredients:
Peanut butter chocolate granola bars
1 c brown sugar
2/3 c creamy peanut butter
1/2 c butter
1/2 c honey
2 T vanilla
3 c oats
bag of dark choc chips
1/2 c raisins or cranberries
1/2 c wheat germ

I started by softening the 1/2 cup butter a little in the microwave.  Of course, I always overshoot "softened" and end up at partially melted as you can see above.  Oh well.  Then I added 1 cup of well-packed brown sugar and 2/3 cup of creamy JIF peanut butter.  I used my hand mixer to blend that all together to a suitable consistency.  

To this mixture I added 1/2 cup of honey and 2 tablespoons of vanilla.  (I actually ran out of vanilla about about 1.5 tablespoons... perfect example of my cooking handicap.  Fortnately, I don't think it made much difference in the end product.)

In a separate, smaller bowl, I mixed 3 cups of oats (regular, not quick oats), one bag of dark chocolate chips, 1/2 cup wheat germ, and 1/2 cup of craisins.  This mixture then got dumped into the butter/sugar/peanut butter concoction.  Stir to combine all the ingredients well.

Spread the goodness into a 9x13 baking dish, no need to grease beforehand. Place in the oven preheated to 350 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes. Cool on the stovetop then chill in the refrigerator overnight.

Slice and enjoy!


All This Trouble... said...

I think you did Pioneer Woman AND the original granola bar recipe author, proud.

I will try these. Yes, I will.

Anonymous said...

These look FABULOUS! If I had all the ingredients on hand I'd try them today. BTW, I'm in awe of Pioneer Woman. I don't think she sleeps! I'd love to visit the newly remodeled lodge, wouldn't you? Thanks for sharing. I look forward to your next culinary creation. :)
Kathy H.

Gina said...

Yummy!! I think I might actually be able to make those. And as far as I am concerned, those totally count as cooking.

Mrs. Filly said...

so were they awesome because they do look awesome! I think I may need to try them out

Truman Family said...

These look delicious!

heather said...


Amy Barrett said...

You are hilairous! And, they look great. I'm going to try them! My family thanks you in advance. It was really the pictures that made it!

Sarah Call said...

Deb, I made these last night. Garrett and I loved them. I took some to work and my coworkers thought they were amazing. Thanks for the recipe! Miss you. Love, Sarah

Mommy D said...

can't wait to make these! YUMMY! - Dena