I have this habit of buying random ingredients and not knowing what to do with them. Case in point…
With a little bit of googling, I settled on Big Sur Power Bars.
Fortunately, I won a contest recently and happened to have an abundance of coconut in my house. You think I’m kidding? This is next to the Diet Coke (that I might or might not have drank) for a size comparison.
That’s 2 pounds of coconut, yo.
I made a few changes to the recipe, per the norm. Instead of using a cup of pecans and a cup of almonds, I used Trader Joe’s Trek Mix. I’ve had it in the cabinet for a while and it was the perfect substitute for the nuts. I used 5 packs which made almost 2 cups. I also omitted the espresso.
The brown rice syrup was the consistency of honey. But then when I heated it up, it got much more liquidy. I poured it over the cereal and voila, instant granola.
The hardest part was waiting for everything to cool before I could cut it into bars.
All wrapped up and ready to take for snacks.
One of Michael Pollan’s Food Rules is to eat all the junk food you want as long as you make it yourself. These granola bars aren’t exactly health food, but I did make them myself!