You know how there are certain things that in theory shouldn’t be that hard, but you seem to have a particular problem with? Like finding two matching socks in the laundry, keeping your room clean, consistantly breaking your spice grinder (or is that just us?), and so on! We have things like that, but more kitchen related. For the longest time we struggled with omelettes and crepe making, getting clusters in our granola, and our arch nemesis is still poached eggs (we will conquer you!). Another long-time struggle we had in the kitchen was granola bars. They’d either be crumbly and falling apart, or they’d turn out more like a muffin bar than a granola bar. Frustrating, right? There are literally thousands of granola bar recipes out there, how could everyone else find it so easy yet we produced failed attempt after failed attempt?
Apple and Spice Granola Bars!
We think it’s safe to say that we no longer find granola bars a challenge. 🙂
So. Good. These granola bars are packed with spices, loaded with plump, juicy raisins, and completed with crunchy walnuts. With the grated apple, they could almost taste like a granola-bar version of apple pie!
In fact, we think the next time we make them we’ll put apple chunks and grated apple in! That way it would be even more like apple pie, so we’d be crushing two cravings in one (apple pie+granola bar).
Not to mention apples are a classic fall flavour. They tend to get out-shone by pumpkin, but they shouldn’t be forgotten about! After all, this is when the apples are at their best!
We’re certainly glad we have these, because ready-to-go snacks will be a necessity this weekend! We have national championships (CIS for those who may follow the sport) tomorrow, right here in London! So if you’re in the London area this weekend, where some purple to Thames Valley Golf Course and see some top-quality cross country (and don’t forget to cheer really loudly for your Mustangs. Go Western!).
Apple and Spice Granola Bars
Prep time: 10min
Bake time: 25-30min
Makes: 8 bars
1.5 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/4 c. ground flax seeds
2 tbsp whole flax seeds
1/2 c. apple butter
1 full grated apple (not peeled)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c. raisins
1/4 c. walnuts
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp EACH of ginger and nutmeg
2 tbsp coconut butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp maple syrup
Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
Combine wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls, then mix them together. Place in a lined, greased 8X8 inch baking pan and press down firmly.
Bake for 20-30 min, until slightly browned and firm to the touch.
For the frosting, melt coconut butter down and combine with the rest of the ingredients. Once granola bars are slightly cooled, spread over the top.
Are there any “easy for everyone else” things that you struggle with?