I try to avoid reading the ingredients labels on the granola bars, but sometimes I just can't avoid it. I want to give my kids healthy snacks in their lunch boxes (they don't eat half of what I pack anyway) and for some reason, I view a "granola bar" as healthy. NOT SO!
I am kind of at a loss as to what to give them. I have tried nuts, fruit (I don't even bother anymore-they don't eat it and it ends up in the composter. Instead, I have a fruit plate waiting for them when they get home-they seem to eat that just fine!), baked chips, the dreaded sandwich and sometimes, a granola bar. Most of the time the lunch box comes home just as I had packed it in the a.m.
So, I went on line and perused some of my favorite sites and looked for granola-type bar recipes. Much to my surprise, there were virtually none. I found one, but this is really more like a chocolate bar, rather than a granola bar. My search continues.
Chocolate Chip Apricot Bars
Packed up and ready to go
I bake to relax. I am not a lover of the basic chocolate chip cookie (not challenging enough), however I finally found one that is really, really good. This is a Jacque Torres recipe and it loaded with lots of chocolate chunks. I like to buy my chocolate at Surfas(surfas.com), actually, I like to buy EVERYTHING there!
This batter is like a fine red wine. The more it sits, the better it is. I like to let the batter rest in the fridge for at least 24 hours, but you could let it go for as long as 3 days.
I shape the dough into little balls and then flash freeze them (lay on cookie sheet and put in the freezer for 2-3 hours). Then I put the little balls in freezer bags. That way, the kids can have hot, fresh cookies when ever they have that little craving (which is often).