SRC: Dark Chocolate Granola Bars and Pumpkin Spice Bubble Buns

Chocolate Granola Bars

by Holly on November 7, 2011

Well. Apparently another month has already evaporated right before my eyes. I am hoping that November is a bit kinder with my schedule, but frankly I think I’m just slightly delusional to think that is gonna happen. I have had about a billion and one (ok, at least 20 for reals) posts that I wanted to post in the past month and yet though I have pictures and recipes jotted on various scraps somewhere, I cannot seem to get my act together. So, I know I completely stink and still haven’t posted that recipe for those Levain Double Chocolate Chip Cookies I teased you with… last month. Seriously, I stink. I only hope you can forgive me and know that I have actually just been trying to track down my dang notes!! In fact, to that end, I have spent the last week dejunking and sorting through the various piles, boxes and bags of notes, recipes, ideas and notebooks I have running around my kitchen. Organization is obviously NOT my strong suit. Nonetheless, I have made progress and tracked down and organized my notes, not just for the chocolate cookies, but for many other recipes I’ve put together over the past few months and couldn’t seem to keep track of. I’m determined to get caught up and get posting!

To that end, at least I still haven’t failed on a Secret Recipe Club post (about the only thing I haven’t!) and am now (yep, at the last minute) happy to bring you my review of my SRC blog assignment for the month. Incidentally, I also wanted to give a quick shout-out to our groups’ new hostess, Jane Bonacci of The Heritage Cook! Amanda is still playing along as part of the group, but is working hard behind the scenes to grow and improve the SRC site. Thanks ladies!

This month I received the beautiful blog, All Day I Dream About Food, belonging to the also lovely Carolyn. She is a SAHM (like me!) of 3 (also like me!) who loves to cook, bake and eat (ding ding ding – like me again!). Unlike me however, Carolyn was diagnosed last year with pre-diabetes and cooks many absolutely amazing looking low-carb and gluten-free recipes. I am still just barely figuring out how to adapt recipes for various dietary reasons around our house, and am always so impressed with those bakers and home cooks who are killin’ it in that department. Carolyn definitely qualifies for that description!

I have to tell you, when I received yet another blog that had a specific dietary focus, I wasn’t actually phased at all. Especially this time. I couldn’t have been more thrilled! Why you may ask? Because I never really know where to begin looking for blogs that cover other types of dietary concerns that I’m not as familiar with, and fate decided last month that my nephew (a fellow food lover) was to find out that he has Type 1 Diabetes. Needless to say, the past several weeks have been an adjustment for him and my SIL. Actually, in reality they are very healthy eaters and didn’t have that much of a change to make, but it is definitely a change to have to track things so carefully and learn all about how this would affect their lives. I was thrilled to be able to tell my SIL that I knew about a fabulous blog with many great recipes that would help them with this. Seriously, the timing couldn’t have been better! In fact, I was also excited to see that Carolyn recently participated in a new cookbook project that is called Low Carbing Among Friends, and will be a great resource for them.

Carolyn also has many recipes that are ‘regular’ and since I didn’t have some of the specialty ingredients some of her other baking calls for I decided to adapt a couple of those recipes.

The first one I decided to make was a version of Carolyn’s Triple Chocolate Granola Bars, which looked perfect as is, but I decided to go for a really dark chocolate flavor and substitute the honey in the recipe with molasses (I really love chocolate and molasses together, but if you aren’t a big molasses fan I would suggest just sticking with the honey or going for a combination). The only other change I made was to frost them with a white chocolate peanut butter layer instead of the pretty swirls of white chocolate Carolyn used, and to sprinkle a few extra mini chocolate chips over the top. Luckily for me, my boys love a good dark chocolate flavor too, so they have loved these granola bars, and I felt pretty darn good about them as a treat/snack for my kiddos! They are chocolatey, just a little chewy and packed with flavor. We will definitely make these again!

Incidentally, the thing you should understand about the fact that I love feeding my boys fattening food is that we are STILL working with the nutrition clinic for all 3 kiddos trying to get their growth on track. Literally, to try and just get ANY calories into my grazing/non-eaters I’ve been pretty much given carte blanche with their diets to just try to fatten them up. Hi, my name is Holly, and I live in Oppositeville. It drives me nuts! Anyway, I digress.

The other recipe I decided to adapt was one that she posted for Easter. These little buns are basically a yeast raised dough that includes a bit of baking soda for a little extra oomph. The dough itself is cut into little balls, dipped in butter, rolled in cinnamon and sugar and then fit into muffin cups for baking. I decided to adapt these for Fall and turned them into Pumpkin Bubble Buns. I have to tell you, we went nuts over these (and we aren’t even huge pumpkin fans!). The pumpkin flavor was noticeable, but still fairly subtle. The buns themselves were tender, and laced with cinnamon, sugar and a little nutmeg and allspice in the dough for a spiced flavor. I was originally going to drizzle a little bit of a simple glaze over these or at least some maple syrup or something, but honestly, they didn’t need anything else. We absolutely devoured these and my boys have already been bugging me to make them again!

Just as a reminder for me (and other ideas for you) here are a few more recipes I can’t wait to try from Carolyn’s blog:

Homemade White Chocolate Peanut Butter – can’t WAIT to make this! My boys would go bonkers over it! Especially now that we have that recipe from last month’s SRC!
Caramelitas – these sound like the cookie/bar of my dreams – chocolate, caramel, oats, pecans – all in one place – yes please!
Homemade Chocolate Chips – yep, you read that right, she figured out how to make her own chocolate chips (not just chopped chocolate either)
Coconut Cocoa Nib Breakfast Bars – I love cocoa nibs and there is something so tempting about the idea of eating these for breakfast!
Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Pancakes – ’nuff said. Tis the season, and she includes two versions of the recipe
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies – these ones are low carb and gluten free and I will hopefully be making them soon for my nephew

 

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Carolyn November 7, 2011 at 7:13 am

Wow, you did two of my recipes, I am so flattered! I have to say, adding a peanut butter frosting to the granola bars is brilliant. And I love the pumpkin version of the bubble buns.

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Sarah, Maison Cupcake November 7, 2011 at 7:23 am

These both look super and I love that rustic wood under those bars.

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Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy November 7, 2011 at 7:25 am

Both of these recipes sound fantastic, but I think I’m going to have to give the granola bar recipe a try for sure with some allergy-free adaptations. BTW, my son is super skinny, too. Even the adjustable pants fall off his skinny butt. *sigh*

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Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama November 7, 2011 at 8:35 am

wow! Those granola bars look perfect… and the pumpking bubble buns?!?! I need to bookmark both of these recipes. Looks fantastic!

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Isabelle @ Crumb November 7, 2011 at 9:04 am

Those chocolate granola bars look positively dreamy…. and the fact that they contain oats and flax means I can pretend they’re good for me, too. πŸ™‚ (I mean, anything with flax in it is automatically health food, right?) Great picks!

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Sweet as Sugar Cookies November 7, 2011 at 10:33 am

Wow, I want them both!

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Lisa~~ November 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

Both recipes look wonderful and my Maisie is asking for the bubble buns.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens.

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

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Nutmeg Nanny November 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Look at all this deliciousness! I wouldn’t be able to stop eating all of these treats…yum!

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Julia November 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Both recipes look DELICIOUS!!!!! And please get to posting those levain cookies, I want some, pronto πŸ˜‰

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sara November 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm

YUM, those chocolate granola bars look seriously delicious! So tasty. πŸ™‚

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Krista November 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Both of those recipes look fantastic! Of course, I would eat the Pumpkin Bubble Buns for the name alone. Love you tons!

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juliana November 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm

both recipes are amazing! the pistures are great! i want a granola bar now!!!!!

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Avanika {Yumsilicious Bakes} November 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Those bars look absolutely amazing. Great job at making 2 recipes πŸ™‚

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Astrid November 8, 2011 at 6:23 am

Mmmh those pictures make me want to grab some of the bars immediately!

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Allison @ Alli n Son November 8, 2011 at 6:59 am

Im in love with those granola bars! Great recipe selections for the SRC.

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Margaret November 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Both of these look fantastic!! don’t you love when it’s hard to pick a recipe cause there are so many good ones. Both of these are on my LONG GROWING LONGER list.

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sue November 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I love the look of the bubble bread, I think I need to try that out.

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Ruchi November 9, 2011 at 4:04 am

These look great! And my toddler likes anything chocolate!!!!

Ruchi

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