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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Guest post: Our Dad and his Granola Bars

Our dad has recently been experimenting with a homemade granola bar recipe and I fell in love with it. I have asked him to guest post his recipe today with some pictures. Now you get two great things: A look into my dad’s creative mind, and a fabulous recipe. Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions!

Granola Bars

by Edward

I like granola bars; they can be as tasty as a candy bar but come without the associated feelings of guilt that a candy bar can provide. The problem I have with granola bars is that there are a limited number of varieties from which to choose. It’s like the operating system for your computer. You can choose between the organic whole grain goodness of Apple Macintosh or the mass produced over-processed pabulum of Microsoft Windows. There is, however, a third choice: the robust and customizable nutrition of Linux.

Here’s my basic granola bar recipe that, like Linux, you can tailor to fit your own preferences and needs:

1 ½ c quick oats
½ c Grape Nuts or Bran Flakes cereal
½ can sweetened condensed milk
¼ c brown sugar
1 T melted butter
¼ t salt
½ t vanilla extract
2 c ‘mix-ins’

Preheat oven to 350° F.
Spray an 8”x8” pan with non-stick cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
Mix all of the ingredients together including the mix-ins of your choice.
Spoon into the prepared pan and press into an even layer.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Allow to cool and then cut into bars.

The two cups of ‘mix-ins’ is what gives this recipe such great versatility. If you’re in the mood for some chocolate and peanut butter (two of the greatest things ever invented) then you could add ½ cup each of chocolate and peanut butter chips with a cup of chopped peanuts. If you want a Mediterranean themed bar, try walnuts, dates and dries apricots. If you’re like my daughter and you don’t like dried fruit in your granola bars, try caramel pieces, almonds and coconuts. (Melissa’s Note: It’s true—this is the best granola flavor he has made!!)

My personal favorite is a bar that I like to call ‘The Aztec’. I use almond extract instead of the vanilla, add ¼ teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and cayenne pepper and use dried cherries, chocolate chips and almonds. Muy delicioso.

Let your imagination run wild and you’ll find that whether you’re climbing Annapurna, the corporate ladder or the monkey bars at the local playground, having a couple of these quick, easy and delicious bars in your lunchbox will provide you with the energy you need to make it through your day.

Thanks dad for guest posting on our blog! We love your granola bars! And you! ;D


  1. Thanks Ed!!:) These look fantastic! We are going to try them soon.

    PS. Your dad needs a blog! He's good at that!!

  2. These look and sound great! Thanks so very much for sharing. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place when you get a moment. I have become a follower and would be honored if you choose to do the same! until later...

  3. Hi there! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog and am so happy you visited. I wanted to wish you good luck on your cardmaking journey - you'll never go back I assure you, I'm completely hooked myself.

    Love all your recipes and although I don't cook sweets so often I might have a go myself.


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