Yes, it's over 90 degrees out and I'm baking. But I wanted something to take with me on a hike this weekend and frankly, commercial granola bars are icky. Commercial power bars are worse - do they save the old chalk from elementary school to mix with the chocolate?
So I set out to make my own version of a power granola bar.
Oats, wheat flour, real butter, the last of my Montana raspberry honey, dried cranberries, chopped up nuts (cashews, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds), some shredded coconut, chocolate chips, cinnamon, dried milk. . . and probably other things I can't remember off hand.
As you may recall I'm a wing-it type of cook. I kinda sorta have a piece of paper with scrawled notes, measurements, and grease stains all over it. Hope I can resurrect my basic steps. I'm going to need them. The Corgi-Slave Energy Bars came out great, very tasty and chock full of Stuff. Wonderful, except for one thing. They didn't stick together as well as I wanted them to. I'm going to have to make another pan and tinker with the ingredients some more. Hmm, I see there's a stray box of Rice Crispies on my shelf . . . I could throw those in too.
While I was concocting, I decided to make some hummus. Yes, I know hummus and power bars really do not go together. The beans were on the counter, begging to be used. As long as I had dishes to wash I might as well make it worth my while. The hummus is another wing it recipe, but really hard to screw up. This version was roast garlic, with some extra roast sesame seeds.
Now I'm off to do some Internet shopping to replenish ingredients. You know hard hard it is to get tahini in Wyoming? I just hope I don't end up on someone's watch list for ordering garam masala, tahini, Masa paper, dioxazine purple, and a new folding knife, all at the same time. The only thing all those ingredients adds up to is a very colorful mess. - Kids, don't try this at home. -
Boy, I'm so glad I'm not a kid anymore.