Granola bars are a great snack food. I have used several granola bars recipes, trying to come up with the perfect bars. My wife was watching Giada's show this afternoon in which she made peanut butter granola bars. We had all the ingredients on hand (except for the almonds, which I don't like). Most problems I have with granola bar recipes is that the bars tend to fall to pieces. Below you will find my review of this recipe. For the full recipe, visit Food Network's website.
1. It's easy to get all the ingredients together and mixed up. I use an adjustable measuring cup or plunger cup to measure out the peanut butter and honey. It makes life so much easier.
2. The recipe called for a 7 by 10 ¾-inch nonstick baking pan. I do not have a pan that size, so I had to turn to a 8 x 8. This means my bars would be thicker than hers.
3. Since mine were thicker it took longer to bake them, almost 25 minutes.
4. I sliced the granola bars in the pan after 10 minutes as I do with my other granola bars recipes. However I kept them in the pan for a full hour to cool as Giada did.
These granola bars were ok. A good flavor. I only like peanut butter when chocolate is around. The problem with them was that they did crumble. I ended up with half a piece and a bunch of crumbs. I heard someone else suggest cooking them in a muffin tin. I might give that idea a try sometime.
Recipe Grade: C+