I have a confession to make. I’m kind of a breakfast snob. I don’t really like cereal and would much rather have bacon and cheese scones or baked oatmeal for breakfast every day. Let’s face it, though. Cooking something for breakfast isn’t always an option, especially with a busy little baby who’s ready to play as soon as her dad leaves for work. There are times I wake up so hungry (thanks to Clara going through a growth spurt) that I need something to eat like right this second. Know what I mean? That’s where these handy little granola bars come in. They’re way better than cereal, and I can just grab them out of the refrigerator to eat as soon as I come downstairs. Total win.
I’ve been hesitant to make my own granola bars, mainly because the store-bought ones I’ve had kind of sucked. I like granola and oatmeal, so in theory I should like granola bars too. I should’ve known it would take a homemade version to win me over. When Tara posted this recipe, I saved it but didn’t feel the urge to make it right away. That all changed when I went to her house a few weeks ago to visit some of my blogging girlfriends (more on that soon) and ate these while there. They were knock-your-socks-off delicious, which is saying a lot for a food that can be pretty boring. The morning I flew home, I had one bar at her house and another in the car on the way to the airport. They’re ridiculously addictive, and I was craving them so much once I got home that I had to make a batch right away. After making and devouring that batch, I made a double batch last weekend. Yes, I made three batches of granola bars in a week’s time. That speaks volumes to how good these are. Oh, they’re also totally customizable. I followed Tara’s lead and used a combination of dried dates, sweetened flake coconut and chocolate chips, but I’m already imagining a holiday version with dried cranberries, orange zest and walnuts.