Did you know there are a total of 46 ingredients in a Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Bar?
Here goes: High fructose corn syrup, sugar, strawberries, corn syrup, fructose, glycerin, water, maltodextrin, modified corn starch, citric acid, sodium alginate, natural and artificial strawberry flavor, caramel color, calcium phosphate, xantham gum, malic acid, sodium citrate, modified cellulose, red #40, enriched wheat flour, whole oats, sugar, partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil, high fructose corn syrup, honey, calcium carbonate, dextrose, nonfat dry milk, wheat bran, salt, cellulose gum, potassium bicarbonate, natural and artificial vanilla flavor, soy lecithin, wheat gluten, corn starch, niacinamide, carrageenan, guar gum, zinc oxide, reduced iron, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, vitamin A palitate, thiamin hydrochloride, and folic acid.
That’s nearly twice as many ingredients found in my shampoo. Eeeks. Not to mention, each bar has a shelf-life that, I imagine, could easily outlast our entire civilization. Other brands may try to tout less ingredients, but produce an equally scary attribute, emerging as hard as cement. I’ve cracked a back molar or two taking a bite outta those little suckers. It’s no wonder my dentist insists on packing a granola bar within each goodie bag I receive twice a year from him. And here I thought he was just being nice. There needs to be a better option. There must be a better option. And luckily, there IS a better option!
Serendipitously, I had a nice full batch of my favorite homemade granola which I made two days ago. Next, I eyed what was left of my peanut butter wonder and immediately saw this better option come to life right before me. Homemade Granola Bars. I was able to make my own granola bars in less time than it would have taken me to get in the car, drive to the market, shop, wait in line, check-out, drive back home and unpack. How can you beat that? Plus, homemade granola bars contain one essential main ingredient that can never, ever be found in factory produced ones … and that ingredient is, love.
Made with love, for my Tony.
Homemade Granola Bars
Tweaked from Mark Bittman, NY Times Bitten
This is another very flexible recipe that you can adjust to your own likings. Customizable granola bars – yes!
Music Pairing: Fleetwood Mac, Tell Me Lies
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup homemade peanut butter
- 1/4 cup neutral oil, like grapeseed or corn
- 3 cups homemade granola
Put the honey, peanut butter, and oil in a small pot and bring to a boil. Put the granola in a large bowl and pour the sugar mixture over the top while mixing; stir until the granola is well coated.
Press into an 8- or 9-inch square pan and let cool in the fridge. Cut into squares or rectangles and serve. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.