Dessert

Power Granola Bars

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Hey everyone! I am so glad you have joined me here today. Not only do I have the granola bar recipe of the YEAR for you but I have something special I would like to discuss as well.

My husband has decided to participate in the MS 150 here in Houston. It is a 150 mile bike ride from Houston, Texas to Austin, Texas that raises money for the National MS Society. I am so proud to call him my husband and it has been a delight to see him become so passionate about a disease that many of our friends have battled with for years.

Now let me just get this out in the open! My husband tends to be a hobby hopper! He cracks me up when he gets an idea in his head of something he wants to do and most of the time I just blow it off because well, maybe you can relate- our husbands tend to NOT stick with a hobby! Let me explain, one year he wanted to get into fishing so we got him the best and I mean best fishing gear one could have and that lasted about 6 months. The next year it was kayaking, the next was golf, then hunting and now biking. So when he approached me with this idea to bike 150 miles to Austin, never-mind the fact he has never biked more than 10 miles before, I just nodded my head and said okay honey.

However, this time around he has gone full throttle and put the pedal to the metal so to speak! LOL! ! He is so DEDICATED to the MS 150 and the excitement in his eyes when he talks about his last ride or how many more miles he is going to do next week is astounding. I am continuing to be amazed at my husband’s will power and determination for this cause and I am so proud of him. Every morning he gets up to bike at 5 a.m. before heading into work and just last Sunday he biked 35 miles around our town. Way to go Honey!

So all of this leads me to my Power Granola Bars. Patrick had asked me to make him something he could eat before riding or while he rode that wasn’t heavy or packed with sugar. I opted for the handy granola bar but loaded it down with nuts, seeds, chocolate chips and fruit. I liked them so much I even thought about joining the ride but then I snapped out of it-quickly!:)

Grant really wanted to dig into this granola bars himself. I didn’t realize this until I turned around from unloading the dishwasher and he had my old kitchen mitts standing at the oven like, “Come on Mom, they are almost ready”! It was so cute!

Are they ready yet?

Nope, not quite ready yet Mom!

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive neurological disease that affects people in many different ways. It could be paralysis one day, loss of vision the next or impaired memory the day after that. Living with MS means living with uncertainty. I don’t know about you but the thought of living with uncertainty in itself is enough to weigh down someone diagnosed with this disease.

I am not one to ask ya’ll for money so I am not going to!  What I am going to say is that the MS 150 bike ride is more than just a bike ride. It is an opportunity for everyone participating in it to raise awareness and funds for the National MS society so that they can in return fund research, advocate change, and help people with MS and their families lead powerful lives. Patrick has to raise a certain amount of money by April 1st and if you would like to donate to the cause please click  HERE and show your support. Just chose the find participant button and my husband’s name is Patrick Maher, homestate is Texas.

I hope you all enjoy this wonderful, healthy, figure friendly granola bar that is sure to give you the energy you need to start and finish the day strong! Love you all!

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Chewy Power Packed Granola Bars (adapted from King Arthur)

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cups quick rolled gluten free oats (you may use regular oats if you prefer)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup AP flour

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup raisins

1 cup chopped pecans or the nut of your choice

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds

4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup almond butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 stick of unsalted melted butter

1/4 cup honey

1 TBSP dark corn syrup

1 TBSP agave nectar

1 tablespoon water

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 and line a 8×8 pan with foil. Mix together the dry ingredients (including the nuts and fruit) in one bowl and the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Slowly incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well.   (hard I know:)) Pour the mixture into the pan and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan completely before lifting the foil from the pan and cutting the bars.

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31 Comments

  1. carey

    Go Uncle P! We are so proud of u!!! These look yummy too Jess! Can’t wait to see y’all SOON!!

    09 . Mar . 2011
  2. Alwaysinthekitchen

    Wow! those bars look amazing and so proud of your husband for doing this and you to support him. I would bike ride too if you would make me some granola bars! LOL!

    09 . Mar . 2011
  3. Food and Senses

    I love the addition of pumpkin seeds. They look so chewy and perfect for my post morning workout. Thanks for the recipe- will try this weekend

    09 . Mar . 2011
  4. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

    AHHHH Grant is adorable!!!!!!!!!!! <3 What a great little helper! =)

    09 . Mar . 2011
  5. Melissa

    These look really good! Perfect for pre or post workouts.

    I have a good friend with MS, so thank your husband for me. I think what he’s doing is awesome!

    09 . Mar . 2011
  6. Mom Matters

    I love granola bars and your son is so so cute! My oh my! I love the mittens on his hands and way to go to your husband. That is such a great cause to be apart of

    09 . Mar . 2011
  7. anne

    Way to go Hubby!! these look terrific! anne

    09 . Mar . 2011
  8. Lindsay

    I wish you were my mom? Must make these for my husband- he runs all the time

    09 . Mar . 2011
  9. stephanie

    these look delish! i’ve been looking for a good granola bar recipe. store bought ones are either a) unhealthy or b) taste disgusting. thanks!

    congrats to your hubby! mine runs marathons, does triathlons, and swims rough water (2 mile ocean swims!) he constantly amazes me! i have a couple pre-race meals that he requests the night before his runs.

    p.s. your son is ADORABLE!

    09 . Mar . 2011
  10. sara@domesticallychallenged

    I can’t stop giggling! My husband wants to do this too, and? We have a ton of stuff where he has “started” bought the BEST, and been done before it was used! We have a Trek Madone in our garage he bought…with about 100 miles on it! He wants to do a bunch more riding this summer, so let’s hope he is like your husband! Then? I can sell the $$$$ golf clubs…

    09 . Mar . 2011
  11. Torrie @ a place to share...

    This is incredibly cool Jessica. I’ve also seen MS up close, and it is extremely challenging and disheartening for those who are impacted with this disease.

    Thank you for sharing, and providing us with the opportunity to show our support and make a difference. I look forward to hearing more about his training/race (and to trying this recipe! a great snack for pre-Jillian-workouts).

    09 . Mar . 2011
  12. To the Kitchen

    I love this recipe. the fact of using flour to create a well put together bar is wonderful. good job and kudos to your husband and your son is just beautiful

    09 . Mar . 2011
  13. Jillian

    my favorite healthy addition is wheat germ and sometimes almond flour instead of regular flour

    09 . Mar . 2011
  14. Khara

    I dont believe that could be good for me it looks too good! Good luck to your husband! That’s an awesome cause and one I’d like to get involved with someday. I’ve got the bike now I just need to get the guts to ride more than a few miles at a time.

    09 . Mar . 2011
  15. Walking Home

    Great recipe. I can just taste them now- especially with all the nuts and fruit. I have a friend with MS and thank you on behalf of us both for your husband’s support

    09 . Mar . 2011
  16. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    He is such a cutie! Delicious recipe, I love home-made granola and granola bars!

    09 . Mar . 2011
  17. Shea

    Go husband! That sounds like a great cause, and those look like delicious granola bars. I’ve always wanted to try to make granola bars (maybe that will be a challenge recipe!!). And adorable kiddo by the way 🙂

    09 . Mar . 2011
  18. Joanne

    Your husband is INSANE but also seriously awesome. I raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society just a few months back to run a half marathon and I know how much every bit helps. I will definitely donate!

    These power granola bars will definitely keep him fueled on his race! Great recipe.

    09 . Mar . 2011
  19. Allison @ Alli 'n Son

    These sound wonderful! I used to make homemade granola bars every week. And every week we’d devour the pan. It’s been a while since I’ve made any, I need to give your recipe a shot.

    09 . Mar . 2011
  20. Blond Duck

    Popped in to say hi! I live in SA and we have our own MS 150–I admire anyone who can do that! Those granola bars will certainly be a yummy inspiration for training!

    10 . Mar . 2011
  21. Shellie

    Jessica, your dad and I read the post this morning and now I MUST make the granola bars for him. Thanks. :)))) Serioulsy, tell our great son-in-law that we continue to be very proud of him. Can’t wait to get my hands on the little Mitt Man next weekend!

    10 . Mar . 2011
  22. Erica

    Good for your husband! That is FANTASTIC! And Grant may be the cutest thing ever 🙂 Gotta love an adorable kitchen helper 😉 Josh and I are bar freaks! I have to try these out

    10 . Mar . 2011
  23. Kelli

    Look at you I knew you would make him something special! He is so lucky to have you as his wife as well! YOu are taking such good care of him! Im so on a health kick so this is the perfect treat!
    Oh I used some well alot of your recipes for the OCS cookbook! I knew you wouldnt mind. Even opted to put in you websites!

    10 . Mar . 2011
  24. yvette

    What a great granola bar recipe!Loads of flavour and energy boosting!***** star rated! x
    http://yvettesblogs.com/2011/03/08/pumpkin-and-ginger-soup/

    10 . Mar . 2011
  25. Sherry

    Oh, yum! These sound delish!

    That is great that you are doing this for MS! I have a good friend that has MS.

    10 . Mar . 2011
  26. Candace

    Jessica, your little man is adorable! And your granola bars look sooo good! My hubby is always looking for something to snack on in the afternoons and has a tendency to throw bad snacks in the cart when he shops with me. These would be the perfect healthy snack to make for him! I almost have everything right now to make them. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Best wishes to your hubby on his journey! That’s awesome that he’s taking the time to help this worthy cause. Blessings, Candace

    10 . Mar . 2011
  27. Mandi

    Aw girl you should be so proud of your hubby (I know you are)! =) Good for him for setting a goal like that and accomplishing it! And your son is the cutest thing ever! I have actually never made granola bars before…I need to get on that like pronto. I do love making homemade granola though. I will seriously have to try these!

    10 . Mar . 2011
  28. Sharlene

    Wonderful cause. You picked a winner when you married him! These granola bars look out of this world. And what a cute child!!

    10 . Mar . 2011
  29. Beth

    Oh, Jessica, Those sound awesome! Be sure to cut Patrick some slack; I too am a hobby/organization hopper. It’s ok to “explore” – there is so much this world has to offer and unfortunately limited time/can’t do it all! Grant is just adorable. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Sounds great. Oh, and by the way, my daughter is also named Jessica and she also lives in the Houston area.
    Blessings, Beth

    11 . Mar . 2011
  30. Ruth

    That is awesome about your hubby. And the pic of Grant is to cute

    12 . Mar . 2011
  31. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    These granola bars are just packed with deliciousness. I’m going to make a batch of these for after school snacks. (For me!)

    13 . Mar . 2011

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