While grocery shopping the other day I was looking at bars, in their tiny cardboard packages, expensively priced, and loaded with sugar. I wanted some fun treats to put in my stepdaughter’s lunch, but couldn’t justify feeding her those bars. So I decided to go home and try my hand at making some myself.
So I came home and gave it a go. I used the Barefoot Contessa’s Recipe . I like her recipes because they are simple and un-intimidating and they often use ingredients I keep stocked in my cupboards. I altered them slightly (per usual), to include the ingredients I had on hand, substituting walnuts for the almonds, and dried cherries, raisins, and yogurt covered raisins for the dried fruit that she recommended. I made these bars gluten free by using toasted oat bran instead of toasted wheat bran. I also used only honey to sweeten them instead of honey and brown sugar, as called for the the recipe. I figured why add sugar to a dish that doesn’t need it. However, after tasting the bars, I believe that the all honey approach made them a bit too high and sweet. Next time I will pair it with something salty and grounded, like peanut butter. But they still turned out great, and we have had yummy after school and lunch sweet treats at a low cost and without all the icky ingredients.