Wednesday, August 29, 2012

BAKE 52: WEEK 35


 First, don't hate me because of the picture.  I tried to be artistic, I even threw a pencil in a picture or two (trying to capture the back-to-school feeling these bars conveyed, I was feeling it, man!).  It didn't work, I don't know why I'm balancing cookies on top of a glass.  Maybe I'm still a little giddy about the kids being back in school and feeling like "good mom" today for having these crunchy granola bar on the table when they walked through the door.  Or maybe it was the sugar rush from eating the rest of the bag of M&M's. Regardless,  the pictures suck, but the bars didn't, much.  Here's what I have to say about them:
They taste exactly like their name!  I wasn't overly impressed with them, but they were easy and kinda healthy and I have lots of ideas for making them better.  I think I'll number them.
1.  Next time I will not cook for full recommended time, I felt like they were a little overdone.  I thought I was making them better with the M&M's, but the chocolate actually burnt and gave the bars that slightly burnt chocolate taste. Blah.
2.  Instead of cutting them into bars, I'd break them into chunks,
3.  And add M&M's, raisins, something salty like peanuts or cashews, and maybe another dried fruit.
4.  The end result:  a slightly glorified trail mix.
5.  Okay, this numbering thing is not working for me, I should keep my creativity to baking.  Do you' feel like y-our "reaDing a sequel to Flowers for Algernon?!.

Try this recipe, if for nothing else but to say you've made granola bars. Crunchy granola bars!  Emily was our host this week and you can get the recipe at her blog HERE.


  1. I love the m&m idea. I just wonder if the baking times were a bit much. Maybe the m&ms wouldn't have burned if the recipe hadn't specified such a long baking time? I love the photo and the bar balancing on the glass. And I love the color the m&ms added, when I went to take photos, I realized the bars were pretty blah looking. I can't wait to try some of your ideas on my next batch. :)

  2. Great idea for M&Ms! I think the trail mix sounds perfect - a must try!