I began exploring the newest addition to my cookbook collection last night, The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook. Per a suggestion from a fellow blogger, I decided to start with the Muesli Breakfast Bars. Look how tasty:
I followed the recipe almost exactly as written, with three minor changes: I didn't want to use up all of Dan's buckwheat honey even though the recipe called for "dark honey," so I just used the regular local honey I had on hand, I made the bars in a 9-inch square pan instead of a 9X13 pan (so they would be thicker,) and I also cut the bars into 12 servings, instead of 24. Why? As written, one bar contained only 162 calories. Handy if I was dieting, but I'm not, and honestly, I need more breakfast than that! Those kids keep me busy, and a hungry teacher is a bad, bad thing. :) (My version also contains 10 g protein and 6 g fiber per bar. Sustainment!)
Straight out of the fridge this morning, the bars are dense, chewy, sweet, and filling. I think they have great potential for fussing and adapting, too! I'd like to try a vegan version with agave instead of the honey and flax meal instead of the nonfat dry milk powder, switch up the dried fruits, etc.
Finally -- a homemade granola bar recipe I can chow down on!