From Failures Come Success: granola bars to granola

Granola with yogurt and blueberries

In my hunt for nutritious breakfast/protein/snack bars to make at home, I found How to Make Granola Bars (Just 4 Ingredients!) on It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken.

So I went to work. Here’s how it went.

IDTLC lists dates, nut butter, oats, and nuts as the 4 main ingredients. It also lists additional add-ins, like coconut, raisins, cranberries, nuts or seeds.

My Ingredients

  • Dried Cranberries: soaked and finely chopped in a food processor
  • Nutella
  • Old-Fashioned Oats: toasted in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes
  • Roasted Almonds: roughly chopped
  • Sweetened Coconut

What Worked

  • The combination of the chocolate from the Nutella, toasted almonds, and coconut is delicious.
  • Toasting the oats is a MUST, giving them so much more flavor and crispness.
  • The toasted almonds had a bit of salt for a sweet and salty taste.

What Didn’t Work

  • Substituting Cranberries for Dates – Even though I soaked them and chopped them in the food processor, they did not have the same paste-like consistency as the dates would have had.
  • The bars did not hold together and I ended up with GRANOLA NOT GRANOLA BARS.

Needless to say, perhaps, I am not disappointed. I have 2 containers of yogurt in the frig and a fair amount of frozen blueberries for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.

From a Mistakes come Success.

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