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Granola Bars- A catch all for your pantry

Posted by: KarenLynn

You know granola bars are a great way to use up those last little bits of somethings in your pantry.  You know we all have those little baggies or containers with the last morsel or two.  This way you feel the sense of satisfaction of using every little scrap as us frugalites like to do but sometimes get too busy to accomplish.

I found a new granola recipe online that I thought I would try, it’s one of those blogs with pictures but I don’t read directions very well to begin with.  Here is the link:

http://www.joyfulabode.com/2008/04/11/homemade-granola-bar-recipe-no-high-fructose-corn-syrup-in-these-bars/

Well anyways I mixed everything together before I read her instructions so I decided to put it all in the cast iron pan and toast and pre-cook at the same time.  Also my recipe is not as healthy as hers in some ways but healthy in its own right compared to store brands.  I raided my pantry to decide what would go in mine and here is what I came up with.  I used:

mini marshmallows

peanuts

sugared pecans

flax seed

raw honey

a tablespoon of peanutbutter

a tablespoon of corn syrup

chocolate chips

For the rest of the recipe I used mostly her recipe, I didn’t have any dried fruit so mine is more the Chocolate Peanut Butter granola bar recipe.  It turned out wonderful and it gave me an excuse to use some marshmallows that I keep around for hot chocolate in the winter.  The chocolate chips I used were already turning color but came out looking beautiful and the granola bars were wonderful.  The really neat thing about this recipe is that I was able to put a jar of peanut butter on the back of the stove and it was already empty but I got another tablespoon of peanutbutter out of it.

I wished I would have had dried fruit such as apples, cranberries and raisins but alas I didn’t and for me the point of granola bars is to have yummy nutritional snacks, to save the $12 they would cost me at a wharehouse shopping club and the bonus is that I use up ingredients that otherwise wouldn’t get used.

Have you made granola bars lately?  If you have a favorite recipe please share!

    

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