Granola bar fail

Good for you granola

Having been on my 30-day Arbonne cleanse I am making ‘smarter’ food choices these days. Now some would argue that dark chocolate is a smart food choice and I wouldn’t disagree, but you can’t eat it everyday. But I tend to be a junk food junkie, so I have to have snacks on hand that I can eat and feel relatively guilt free.

I have made granola bars three times. The first time they were much too sweet and I gifted them to my husband. The second batch turned out just right. They held together and they had a great taste. The third batch, well, let’s just say that granola is great on yogurt.

I am not sure what I did wrong this time, other than not melting the wet ingredients together before pouring them on the dry ingredients. Additionally, the ratio of wet and dry ingredients may have been off. I don’t claim to be a good cook, but I figured it would be pretty hard to screw up granola bars.

Jar of homemade granola.

The recipe

  • 2 scoops of Arbonne protein powder (any flavor)
  • 2.5 cups of oats
  • 1/2 cup of rough cut almonds
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup of MCT coconut oil (or use unsalted butter)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1 ts[ vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 tbs of cocoa powder (optional)

Roast the oats and almonds in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Melt the wet ingredients together. Stirring constantly until well blended. Pour wet ingredients over the dry and mix well. Press mixture into a lined cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator to cool and harden. Cut into bars and store in a cool location in an airtight container.

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