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I really wanted to like these. Because honestly, what could be a better combination for fall flavors than pumpkin and chocolate?
But, I didn’t.
C likes them and they’re fine, but they’re not at all what I wanted them to be. I’m a HUGE texture person. (Just ask my poor mom who had to deal with making separate sides of cakes/brownies/etc. without nuts. I think she loves me. A lot.). And, I like the texture of my granola bars to be slightly crunchy/chewy: not completely crunchy or completely chewy. These fell on the chewy side of the spectrum. While the taste of these is pretty good (though I’d like more pumpkin flavor), the texture to me was that of soggy oats, which is basically what this bar is. Baked, soggy oats.
I got the recipe here, from Two Peas and Their Pod. I don’t want to be too harsh about this recipe because I love this blog for the wealth of unique recipes (did you know you can make your own Wheat Thins?!). So don’t give up on that blog, take a look around while you’re there because I really do love it :).
So what am I going to do about these? Experiment! I’ll probably tweak the recipe for the apple granola bars and make them pumpkin or take this recipe and add crunchy stuff.
I’ll make sure to report back! (Though we have to get through all of our current granola bars before I can add more!)
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I love fall. I love it so much that I usually try to start pretending it’s fall at the end of July. And what reminds me of fall? Apples and apple pie.

The other day I realized that I hadn’t made granola bars in way too long. So I decided to make some, but I didn’t want to make the same flavors I had before (Chocolate chip and cranberry & chocolate chip and peanut butter chip). And being in my fall-ish mood, I decided that I should adapt the recipe to make apple spice granola bars.

And what a good idea that was.

These granola bars basically are a hybrid of a granola bar and apple pie.

So do you want to know how it’s done? Okey dokey, here we go!

Apple Spice Granola Bars**

makes about 18 bars, depending on how you cut it.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter
5 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
+/- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon*
+/- 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg*
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup broken up apple chips
1/2 cup toasted oat cereal rings
2/3 cup wheat germ
*since this was an experimental recipe these measurements are approximate. This is about what I did, to taste.

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a medium bowl mix together peanut butter, honey, applesauce, vanilla and spices. Mix until smooth.
3. In a large bowl stir together oats, apple chips, oat cereal rings and wheat germ.
4. Pour dry ingredients into wet and mix until well combined.
5. Pour and pat into a greased 9″x13″ pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes in preheated oven until golden brown.
6. Remove to wire rack and let cool. Cut into bars.
**this recipe was adapted from this recipe.

 
These turned out delicious! They are a bit more crumbly than your store-bought granola bars, but they still travel well. C and I usually put the cut bars directly into snack-sized zip top bags and throw them in the freezer (mainly because the two of us can’t go through that many too quickly. If you have a family, no need to freeze). Once they’re in the bags it’s easy to grab and go or throw them in Jr.’s lunch box! 🙂

[coming soon: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip granola bars!]