Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Searching for the Perfect Homemade Granola Bar: Chocolate Chunk Raisin

Well, it happened. As much as we tried to avoid it, the sickies finally hit our house. Just after midnight, the sound of crying and coughing came from his room. Half asleep, I bumped my husband and told him that Judah needed him. In the middle of the night, it seemed rational to send Daddy in there, since the time is coming where I'll be up throughout the night nursing a newborn.

Morning came and as I gave my big boy a hug, I could feel the heat radiating off of him. Ugh. All morning, he laid on the couch, drinking juice and water, covered with blankets. The TV has been on far more than I like. Between taking care of him and potty training Paisley, I felt like I was never going to get out of my jammies. 10am rolled around and I was desperate for regular clothes and a few moments to brush my teeth.
I finally got to brush my teeth while another episode of Barney played and real clothes helped me feel slightly more human. Nap time came and Judah quickly fell asleep. Paisley on the other hand protested, cried and threw her blanket on the floor. I got her blanket for her and then she threw it down again and cried some more, waking up her sick brother. This is the part where Mommy starts to get desperate.

I bundled the kids up and stuck them in the stroller. The fresh air and a phone visit with my sister made me feel like I'd survive the rest of the day but, something creative had to happen. See, when you're home with a sick child and another one that's potty training and you haven't left the house in literally 3 days, you start to feel like crazy is just around the corner. The sound of people chewing makes you consider buying earplugs and that's just not good. This is not enjoying. This is surviving and simply surviving isn't good enough.

Retreating to the kitchen, I decided to make homemade granola bars for the kids. Ideally, I'd love to find a great recipe and get away from the store bought ones. And, when I say "great recipe", what I mean is: I'd love a recipe that is healthy, with very little added sugar, quick to make, delicious and fairly inexpensive....Sound like a tall order? I suppose but, I do think it's possible.

As I try out different recipes or create our own, I'll be sharing along the way and if you have a favorite granola bar recipe, please share it with me. I'm determined to find a recipe that we love!

This first recipe, modified from Skinny Taste turned out okay. I'm giving it 3 out of 5 stars.
•The kids love them.
•The amount of added sugar isn't too high but, they still taste really good.
•Making them was easy and we already had the ingredients needed.
Biggest Negative:
•The are super crumbly...huge mess makers.
Chocolate Chunk Raisin Granola Bars

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup unpacked brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 350°; line a 9 x 9 baking pan with 2 long pieces of parchment paper, long enough to go up over the sides for easy removal. Lightly spray with oil.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

In a large bowl, with a mixer cream together the butter and the sugar on medium speed.

Add the egg followed by the honey, applesauce and vanilla extract.

Working by hand, stir in the flour mixture and the oats until just combined and no streaks of flour remain; stir in the chocolate chips and raisins.

Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish, flattening to make even. Bake for about 23-25 minutes, or until light brown at the edges. They will seem soft and under cooked, but once they cool they will set completely.-


1 comment:

  1. I've been in the kitchen trying to make granola bars too - I try to buy Kashi or another natural brand, but they can be expensive! So experimenting I will go....!


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