Granola Bar Experiment Turned Ooey Gooey Breakfast Cereal

It all started out so beautiful and promising- with diced dried fruit, wholesome nuts and old-fashioned oats. I was my day away from the bakery, and I thought I’d use my kitchen to experiment with homemade granola bars. I seem to have trouble eating normally, standing on my feet all day, working in front of a mixing bowl. I notice that I’ll turn occasional bites of dough into a meal. To help solve my intake dilemma, I thought I’d make granola bars to have on hand when hunger strikes but break time does not.I had the greatest of intentions, and the stickiest of results.

Granola bars are simply the goodness of oats, fruit and nuts in convenient bar form. My granola was a hands down winner in the wholesome goodness department, but a total failure in the bar department.

When my pressed granola had baked and cooled and it seemed like slicing time, that’s when my cookie (granola bar) crumbled. It didn’t want to hold it’s bar shape at all. It wasn’t even thinking about it. When I gave up the fight and mounded the cooked granola up on a plate, I noticed that it looked almost exactly the same after it was cooked as it did before I popped it in the oven. Hmm….. not good. But still a deliciously edible treat.

The above picture is the granola mixed with warm honey syrup ready to be pressed in the pan and put in the oven. The picture below is the failed bars turned delicious breakfast cereal.

Thank goodness some mistakes are still mouth watering!

I’m debating whether or not I should give you the recipe. This obviously wasn’t the keenest granola bar recipe. As a granola, while it was still gloriously edible, it was really sticky from the honey. This made is slightly hard to store, because it’s kinda one big sticky mess.

Do you have a good granola or granola bar recipe I should try? I need a little help with this one.

34 thoughts on “Granola Bar Experiment Turned Ooey Gooey Breakfast Cereal

  1. I’m a big fan of the ellie krieger one on the food network. I often use puffed rice to increase the volume a bit to make it look like its a decent amount of food!

  2. Joy,

    I found your site a couple weeks back and have really enjoyed it. Your creations are beautiful and mouth-watering.

    I’ve got both a granola bar and granola recipe on my site (links below). Commenters have had trouble slicing the bars, but they complain the bars were too hard to cut (while it sounds like yours were too soft). Either way, my recipe hasn’t given me a problem at the cutting stage. If you give them a try, let me know how it goes. I’d be interested to see your recipe to see how it compared to mine.

    http://ourkitchensink.wordpress.com/2008/01/04/homemade-granola-im-warning-you/

    http://ourkitchensink.wordpress.com/2008/02/09/how-i-decided-to-create-granola-bars/

  3. Ina Garten aka Barefoot Contessa has a great granola recipe. I have a bar
    recipe, but have misplaced it for now. Enjoyed visiting your site!

  4. I have the one from Nigella, mentioned above, that I am posting later this week – it turned out crisp and pretty tasty! The granola looks great though!

  5. this looks absolutely stunning…on my list of things to do is making granola ~ this looks delicious.

    i luv how you bake & approach, you are officially bookmarked…thanks for the yum post!

  6. Sorry to hear it didn’t work out, although it sure still looks and sounds good! I say post up the details–I for one would still happily eat the granola cereal even if its not in bar form! Just fill a plastic bag and its fingerfood for the day.

    Home-made granola bars have been on my mind as well, but I’ve never tried it myself. I eat some premade ones with some regularity, and I know I could certainly do better than that…maybe one of these days.

    Also, if you think this particular recipe didn’t go well, I promise a good post in about a week or so, lol. I think “swiss roll” is enough of a hint as to how things went… ;-)

  7. Hey Joy, shame about the granola goodness falling apart on you. But smiles all around since it was still delicious. I made granola just recently using a Nigella Lawson recipe and it was awesome. Sweet, nutty but not sticky, so it was a dream to store. It’s pretty easy to substitute different nuts and dried fruit too,

    Try it here on my blog. Then here’s the link: http://buttersugarflour.com/2008/03/15/best-ever-homemade-granola/
    Fingers crossed my HTML works! :)

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