An Unfortunate Case of Granola

Looks good, doesn’t it?

Tricked you.

The reviews were great, the recipe looked fine… but due to lack of the correct ingredients, the actual granola bars aren’t as tasty as they should be.  We’ll bring them camping with us (everything tastes better in the fresh air), but it’s not a hit.

My problem was this: we didn’t have any of the fun “add-ins” called for in the recipe (i.e. nuts, dried fruit), so I just made it with oats.  I think it threw my ratio off, because it turned out so dry – it was impossible to pack together into the pan.  I added more honey, which helped with the sticking, but of course threw the flavor.

Here’s the original recipe.  It’s supposed to be a good one… if you follow it!  And if anyone has a better granola bar recipe… please… send the link!

Alton Brown’s Granola Bars

  • 8 ounces old-fashioned rolled oats, approximately 2 cups
  • 1 1/2 ounces raw sunflower seeds, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 3 ounces sliced almonds, approximately 1 cup
  • 1 1/2 ounces wheat germ, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 6 ounces honey, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 1 3/4 ounces dark brown sugar, approximately 1/4 cup packed
  • 1-ounce unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 1/2 ounces chopped dried fruit, any combination of apricots, cherries or blueberries

Directions

Butter a 9 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, and wheat germ onto a half-sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.

Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees F. Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine. Turn mixture out into the prepared baking dish and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the dish and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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