22 February 2012

Chocolate Granola Bars

A sunday morning, I was ready to watch the various new episodes from HIMYM, TBBT and Modern Family. I readied a mug of coffee in one hand, my laptop and phone in the other and held a slice of white bread in my mouth. (Greedy, i know)

Suddenly, the bread disappeared. Still hungry, I went back to the fridge but no snacks was at sight. I shut the fridge door, lowered my expectations and pry into the fridge a second time. (This usually works.) I watched the various 'potential' snacks at hand and ideas flew into my mind chanting "bake! bake! bake!"

It is only time before they pronounce my sanity doubtful, really. I started lining out the ingredients and the rest is history. 

Granola Bars. It is amazing how such simplicity and promptness turn out to be such a delicious snack.

 For extra fun, I lined up marshmallows and poured some cornflakes over as toppings.
Chewy Granola Bars 
(Adapted from AllRecipes)


  • 245 g rolled oats
  • 85 g all-purpose flour
  • 3 g baking soda
  • 3 ml vanilla extract
  • 100 g butter, softened
  • 100 ml condensed milk
  • 20 g packed brown sugar
  • 130 g miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 200 g raisins
  • 15 g cocoa powder
  • Marshmallows and cornflakes as toppings (Optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a 10 x 10 inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine  all the ingredients together.
  3.  Press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes. (Add toppings as desired and bake for another 5 minutes.) Let cool for 10 minutes then cut into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing or serving.

I replaced honey in the original recipe with condensed milk. Condensed milk is the definition of my childhood. Whilst most of you dipped your fingers into peanut butter, I dipped mine in condensed milk. Secretly of course. 
This granola bar is chocolatey, with a nutty oat and a cake texture to it. The golden raisin brings out a little bit of citrus and the combination of Cornflakes with marshmallows can never go wrong. All of this enveloped in a good amount of condensed milk, a taste that can hardly be explained. 
For those who'd prefer less chocolatey taste (although i wouldn't comprehend anyone who would prefer that), opt out the cocoa powder and you may consider milk powder or a pinch of cinnamon.
Bring out your inner child,


  1. Yummy! Wish I had these on my camping trip this past weekend :) Great post!

    1. @ Sandy: Thank you for the nice comment! I am so amazed how you could go to camping trips ever so easily. I guess I'm one of those boring people ;)

  2. What a great idea for an impromptu snack, I love it!
    I remember condensed milk from my childhood too.
    I have everything on hand to try this, except for marshmallows, I guess I have to go for a little walk.

    1. @ Elsa: I'm surprised someone else spent childhood with condensed milk. The marshmallows are just additional option ;)

  3. *highfive* I love HIMYM!

    These granola bars look delicious! I love granola and I love granola and I've tried making homemade granola before, but I feel like it's definitely time for me to graduate to making my own granola bars. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. @ kyleen: Of course you do! *hamster dance* ;) Try them out, its a revelation!

  4. I have sooo been there with the random urge to bake! Seems like your urge treated you well--these look amazing.
    P.S. I'm new to your blog and it's so cute--I love it!

    1. @ Liz: Depending on what that "urge" tells me to bake. It can be harmful haha... :) Thank you liz!

  5. How creative you are! What a fun treat you came up with!

  6. Thanks for your comment on my blog! Glad I discovered yours in the process.. the bars look lovely (and so do the garlic breakdsticks.. mmmm)

    1. @ The Cafe Sucre Farine: Thank you! I'm far from creative!! but thank you!

      @ Shaheen: Thank you for visiting back!!


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