So I realize I went on my roadtrip like ooooh I don’t know, over a month ago? but I need to share these granola-ish bars with you. I just need to. You understand.
I’m cheap. It happens.
I knew we would be spending a lot of money on the roadtrip for gas and food and probably lodging a few times [when we aren’t staying with friends or camping], so I was trying to think of ways I could save. The obvious choice was to make some of my own food to bring.
I was going to be flying so my options were limited and space in my suitcase was even more limited. I made a batch of the granola mentioned in a previous post, but I also made energy bars for when we were hiking / when I didn’t want McDonalds. I researched like a mad woman trying to find recipes I could tweak to my liking- to say it was overwhelming is an understatement. Have you ever tried to find a granola bar recipe? There are crunchy ones, chewy ones, sweet ones, fruit and nut ones, date based, oats based. OH MY GOSH!
I finally just stuck to two bars from Oh She Glows- changing them depending on what nuts and dried fruit we had or ones I preferred. While I’m mentioning Angela’s blog, let me say my piece: I love it. I’m not vegan, or even close to it, but I enjoy experimenting with food. Her baked goods recipes are amazing. I have since tried several others like these, these and hopefully these soon. All with spectacular results. Sure, it’s vegan, but it tastes delicious! Seriously, give ‘em a try!
The first batch was the banana-cranberry bars.
I only used about 2 Tbsp brown sugar and added a Tbsp of brown rice syrup, then I used dried cherries instead of cranberries since I enjoy those better. I also subbed in some wheat bran for the whole wheat flour and completely omitted the dried coconut [no gracias]. I used vegetable oil in place of the coconut oil.
The second batch I made were these beauties: Fruit and Nut Energy Bites. Everyone who has tried them loved them. My grandparents, my parents, my friend who needed a pick-me-up after one too many wine tastings in California…my mom even requested I make another batch once I came home.
As for my recipe tweaking, here ya go: I completely omit the dried apricots because…ew, and I, again, used dried unsweetened cherries because I like their flavor more than dried cranberries. I use whole wheat flour, and prefer them with 1 cup toasted almonds over the other nut options. I only put in 1 Tbsp of the brown sugar because I find the dates make these extremely sweet already so why add more, ya? I have also cut this recipe in half with great results.
Both of these are great for hiking or as a snack to keep in your bag for when you need a little energy. The banana bars got a little dry after a few days, but the fruit and nut bites kept for much longer. If you store them in the fridge I imagine they would last quite some time.
I hope you give ‘em a try. Reallly, it’s no more difficult than driving over to your grocery and buying a box.