Homemade Granola Bars

Boxes of granola bars are so easy to purchase.  They’re right there in that snack aisle, packaged so nicely.  And there’s usually a brand or two on sale for a great price.  I admit to buying them all.  But every time my son reaches for one of those processed bars in our pantry, I feel a little twinge of guilt creeping across my shoulders.  I’m Recipe Girl, darn-it… I should be making that kind of stuff homemade!  I’m going to make a pact with myself right here and now that I will do my best to provide more healthy, unprocessed snacks for my family.  And I’m starting with these:  Homemade Granola Bars

This recipe comes from a brand new cookbook called The Pure Kitchen from first time author Hallie Klecker.  Hallie is also the author of a gluten-free website called Daily Bites. These granola bars are easy to make gluten free, they are dairy free too, and they also happen to be vegan (though the cookbook does not include vegan-only recipes).

A few things about the recipe:

1. It’s all done in the food processor.

2. It begins with something I never thought I’d eat in 5,842 years: Prunes. The prunes are softened in hot water and then pureed in the processor. They act as the binding for the rest of the ingredients. I bravely tasted a prune all.by.itself, and I LIKED IT. Who knew? Crazy that at my ripe old age, I just figured out that prunes aren’t all that bad.

3. They’re sweetened with maple syrup, molasses, and dried apricots, and they’re flavored with cinnamon, vanilla and a little sea salt.

4. You can choose your nuts- walnut, pecan, or almond. And there are sunflower seeds too. All is mixed together with oats and baked for a short time.

My version turned out to be a Maple- Pecan Granola Bar. They’re a chewy sort of granola bar, rather than hard and crunchy. And the best part is… my kiddo likes them! No guilt on my part when he reaches for one of these to snack on. Completely healthy and homemade granola bars- yay!

The Pure Kitchen offers a unique but easy approach to fortifying your diet with whole, natural, pure foods. Included are 100 recipes free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar. Included in the book are tips on how to transition to a whole foods diet, a guide to stocking the pure kitchen, lessons in label-reading and tips for menu planning and picky eaters. Recipes I’m looking forward to trying in this cookbook: Herb & Heirloom Tomato Frittata, Flourless Banana- Nut Breakfast Cookies, Greek Chicken Meatballs with Creamy Tahini Sauce, Cumin- Scented Potato- Leek Soup, Shredded Balsamic- Beet & Kale Salad, Honey- Mustard Salmon w/ Lemon Herb Quinoa, Baked Chicken Thighs with Balsamic- Cherry Pan Sauce, and Lemon Bars with Oatmeal- Coconut Crust. There are lots of delicious-sounding dishes in this book, and I’m not even gluten free or  dairy free!

Author Hallie Klecker is offering a copy of The Pure Kitchen to one Recipe Girl reader. This giveaway is open to anyone who has a mailing address in the USA. One winner will be chosen via random.org on Sunday, April 22nd and will be contacted via email. The winner will receive one copy of The Pure Kitchen cookbook. GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.  The first winner I picked did not respond to my email, so I picked another… the randomly selected winner of this cookbook is: #261 Vera- congrats! 

The Pure Kitchen is available for purchase on Amazon, and it’s in bookstores too. You can visit author Hallie Klecker on her blog: Daily Bites, on Twitter and Facebook.

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Homemade Granola Bars

Yield: 10 to 12 bars

Prep Time: 20 min + chill time

Cook Time: 25 min

These are a "chewy" variety of granola bar.

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted prunes
1/3 cup dark maple syrup
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
2 1/2 cups rolled oats, divided
1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
2/3 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds (or a combination)
1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch or 9x9-inch baking dish with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides. Spray with nonstick spray.

2. In a heat-safe bowl, cover the prunes with hot water. Soak for 10 minutes. Drain and place in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the syrup, molasses, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Process to form a thick paste, about 20 seconds (stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice with a rubber spatula). Add 2 cups of the oats and pulse 8 to 10 times, until the oats are coarsely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup oats, apricots, nuts and sunflower seeds.

3. Using slightly dampened hands, press the mixture firmly and evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

4. Cool the dish for 15 minutes at room temperature, then transfer to the freezer and chill until completely cooled (about 30 minutes). Cut into 10 or 12 bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Tips:

*If you are preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use brands of syrup, molasses, vanilla and oats that are known to be GF.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (reprinted w/ permission from The Pure Kitchen)

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278 Responses to “Homemade Granola Bars”

  1. 1

    Lori H — April 18, 2012 @ 4:09 AM

    I make my own ranch dressing, sometimes adding ground chipotle pepper and lime juice for a southwestern kick!

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    cara vandam — April 18, 2012 @ 4:16 AM

    I make my own taco & fajita seasonings to help cut out of some of the sodium in my kiddos food.

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    Marnely Rodriguez — April 18, 2012 @ 4:32 AM

    I just made condensed milk from scratch and it was so easy I might never buy it again!

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    Charlyn — April 18, 2012 @ 4:37 AM

    We like to make our own bread. It always tastes so much better and then you can do your own variations too to make it even more healthy like using Wheat Flour instead of White.

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    amy marantino — April 18, 2012 @ 4:45 AM

    i make my own potato chips

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    Kel — April 18, 2012 @ 4:53 AM

    Those look great! I make my own bread — two days ago it was oatmeal bread with some chocolate chunks thrown in .

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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — April 18, 2012 @ 4:59 AM

    I make my own granola in every flavor from pumpkin to chocolate to cinnamon raisin!

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    Katrina — April 18, 2012 @ 5:02 AM

    These sound so tasty! I make my own sandwich bread almost every weekend…I think that’s something most people buy :)

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    Erica — April 18, 2012 @ 5:08 AM

    I make my own granola, which I love because it turns out different every time! I would love to learn how to make my own bread.

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    Georgie — April 18, 2012 @ 5:10 AM

    All my desserts are homemade. I recently made my very own body butter.

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    Gina B — April 18, 2012 @ 5:14 AM

    I’m eating a processed granola bar right now. This post made me feel inadequate. But what I’d really like to try making homemade, is bread.

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    Blog is the New black — April 18, 2012 @ 5:16 AM

    I’ve tried homemade granola and just can’t get it right!

  13. 13

    Melissa — April 18, 2012 @ 5:27 AM

    I actually have made a homemade granola bar before too!

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    Amanda — April 18, 2012 @ 5:32 AM

    I can NOT eat store-bought cookies. My homemade ones are just too good, and they don’t even taste like the two should be in the same category! I also enjoy homemade granola bars. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe!!

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    carrie — April 18, 2012 @ 5:36 AM

    i have been on a bean making kick. they taste so much better than the canned ones. and i feel so frugal.

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    Rachelle — April 18, 2012 @ 5:48 AM

    Homemade granola is so yum!!!! I love the idea of using prunes as a binding agent!

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    Andi T. — April 18, 2012 @ 6:02 AM

    I make my own granola all the time. It’s so easy and I like being able to pick my own flavors…

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    Carolyn — April 18, 2012 @ 6:28 AM

    I make all my own cookies and have been looking for a granola recipe. Can’t wait to try this one.

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    ali — April 18, 2012 @ 6:36 AM

    I’ve started making home made almond milk. Never realized how very easy it was to do. I’ve always wanted to make my own granola bars for the kids. Thanks so much for the recipe. Gonna give this a try this weekend. :)

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    Katherine — April 18, 2012 @ 6:36 AM

    I finally started making my own pie crusts… I use to use only store bought, but then I came across a recipe that is so very worth the effort. Lard all the way!

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    Jenny P — April 18, 2012 @ 6:38 AM

    I make my own salad dressing – so much better than anything store bought.

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    Chris J — April 18, 2012 @ 6:42 AM

    I always make cakes from scratch. No idea why people buy box cake mixes since it’s really so easy!

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    Bama Girl — April 18, 2012 @ 6:46 AM

    Hi Lori! Thanks for sharing this recipe! It looks delicious! I have almost all of the ingredients to make them now. Can I substitute honey for maple syrup? The cookbook looks very nice. I make a lot of things I used to buy: bread, ketchup, home canned beans. yogurt, brown sugar, ginger ale, red or white wine vinegar, etc. I’m learning new things almost every day! I love making things from ‘scratch’! Blessings from Bama!

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    Jill — April 18, 2012 @ 6:50 AM

    These look fantastic, and I can’t wait to try them! I love finding healthy alternatives to the crap you can find in the store. :)

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    April V — April 18, 2012 @ 6:51 AM

    My daughter could eat those packaged “fruit snacks” all day long, but I wonder how healthy they really are!? I’d love to make my own!

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    Kristina — April 18, 2012 @ 6:52 AM

    Dried tomatoes! I buy them in the summer when they’re cheap, and I dry them in oven at low heat for 4-5 hours with whole unpeeled garlic cloves and fresh herbs (my current favorite is thyme). They’re so much better than store-bought sun-dried tomatoes, and the garlic and herbs give them a really deep flavor. I use them in pasta, rice dishes, salads, and on sandwiches or pizza for the whole year.

    My roommates and I also make our own bread, pizza dough/sauce, jams and baked goods. It’s so much cheaper and more delicious than buying pre-made things at the store.

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    Nikki Robinson — April 18, 2012 @ 6:58 AM

    Can’t wait to try these! I make almost all our food from scratch now since we are gf, dairy free, low-sugar, soy, corn and nightshade free! My favorites I make are bread, butter, granola, ice cream, pies and cakes. Anything my toddler will eat ;)

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    Joanie H — April 18, 2012 @ 6:59 AM

    We make our own gluten-free/soy-free “soy” sauce. So tasty!

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    Melinda @cooking ala mel — April 18, 2012 @ 7:01 AM

    Greek Yogurt – it’s crazy how easy it is!!

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    Amanda L. — April 18, 2012 @ 7:07 AM

    I love making homemade cookies and other treats – so much better than anything from the grocery store – but I’ve always wanted to try making my own bread and jam.

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    Niv — April 18, 2012 @ 7:09 AM

    I would love to try these bars for my 8 yr old. These lookk delicious and I am sure my son would love it. I make the rice crispy treats at home using peanut butter and so far no complaints :)

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    Gwen — April 18, 2012 @ 7:13 AM

    WOW! I have been looking for a yummy homemade chewy granola bar recipe!! Thank you! Winning the book would be awesome, but I am totally excited about this recipe all by itself!!! YAY!

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    Karen L — April 18, 2012 @ 7:18 AM

    i make my own almond milk and use the pulp for cereal. i wish i wish i wish i had one of these bars right now and that i was eating it while reading my new cookbook. :)

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    Sara — April 18, 2012 @ 7:27 AM

    2 things – homemade “everyday” granola with chopped dates and a plethora of nuts.

    Pizza dough – I make it in my bread machine – sooo simple and extra dough keeps well in the refrigerator.

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    gail — April 18, 2012 @ 7:27 AM

    i make pita chips

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    kazue — April 18, 2012 @ 7:28 AM

    black beans are easy to make in the crock pot

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    Shannon — April 18, 2012 @ 7:29 AM

    I make all my backed goods from scratch. I have also started making ice cream. It is amazing how much better foods taste when you make them yourself.

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    Miachel Pruett — April 18, 2012 @ 7:29 AM

    I love making homemade pizza dough. It’s simple and a whole bunch healthier! :)

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    Melissa C. — April 18, 2012 @ 7:37 AM

    We make ricotta cheese

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    Kari — April 18, 2012 @ 7:38 AM

    I make my own bread crumbs. It’s a great way to get rid of leftover bread.

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    Sara — April 18, 2012 @ 7:39 AM

    I finally made homemade frozen yogurt last weekend. So easy and turned out great. I cannot wait to try lots of new flavors this summer!

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    Shannon — April 18, 2012 @ 7:39 AM

    I try to make most things/snacks homemade. Right now I am making my sons baby food and juicin my daughters apple juice daily. I also try to bake her crackers from time to time. Wish I did it more

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    Lynda — April 18, 2012 @ 7:40 AM

    I always make homemade cookies; they are so much better than anything in the store.

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    Ellen — April 18, 2012 @ 7:40 AM

    Although I know how to make bread I’d like to get better at it so I don’t have to buy it from the store. Life is good :)

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    Abbi — April 18, 2012 @ 7:47 AM

    Yesterday, we made flatbread and muffins. Hoping to try these granola bars when I get my hands on some GF oats. Thanks!

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    Leah — April 18, 2012 @ 7:54 AM

    I would really like to learn how to make yogurt!

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    Robin — April 18, 2012 @ 7:58 AM

    I make granola bars…I am gluten intolerant (I get nasty migraines from the stuff) so I make my granola bars…I would like to see a super easy recipe for a bread (GF) that rises really big like regular bread. That would be awesome!

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    Amy — April 18, 2012 @ 8:01 AM

    Tortilla chips – homemade taste sooo fresh!

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    Mimi — April 18, 2012 @ 8:03 AM

    I make homemade pizza dough and sauce! :)

  50. 50

    Alie O. — April 18, 2012 @ 8:04 AM

    I would love to learn how to make my own bread. Homemade bread is so much better than store bought!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 18, 2012 @ 8:12 AM

    I just posted yesterday about homemade fudge bars/bites. Vegan, GF, and easy! This looks like a great cookbook!

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    Ms. Z — April 18, 2012 @ 8:13 AM

    Those look so good! I would love to learn how to make some kind of healthy fruit snacks without all the HFCS and dyes (that my kid will actually like!).

  53. 53

    Lorenna — April 18, 2012 @ 8:13 AM

    I’ve always cooked and baked, but trying to find healthier snacks the kids and hubby will eat.

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    Laura S. — April 18, 2012 @ 8:16 AM

    I make all my desserts homemade. I stay away from store bought desserts when people bring them to work. I’m known by my fiance’s friends to make the best homemade snickers bars : )

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    Alba Kerr — April 18, 2012 @ 8:20 AM

    I recently made sunflower seed butter in my food processor and it came out so tasty & at a fraction of the cost of a store-bought jar

  56. 56

    Lauren S. — April 18, 2012 @ 8:23 AM

    I make salsa and can it every fall from vegetables in my garden. I will never use store bought salsa again.

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    Cassandra Holdeman — April 18, 2012 @ 8:38 AM

    I make my own Salsa. Ever since I learned to make my own from my stepmom several years ago, the stuff in the jar tastes horrible to me. Making my own is quick, easy, and delicious.

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    Blair — April 18, 2012 @ 8:43 AM

    i made cupcakes for the FIRST TIME EVER homemade. Typically I buy the box or get the cupcakes at the store. They were the best cupcakes I have ever had.

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    jamie — April 18, 2012 @ 8:47 AM

    I like to make homemade bread. It just tastes fresh!

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    Diana — April 18, 2012 @ 8:49 AM

    I make my own granola. I like that I can control the amount of oil and sweeteners and that I can change up the flavors.

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    Julie @BananasForBourbon — April 18, 2012 @ 8:53 AM

    I’m big on DIY! I make my own granola, mayo, jam, sourdough starter. Pretty much anything that’s made with ingredients I don’t like, I try and make myself. So…everything? Ha!

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    Michelle — April 18, 2012 @ 8:53 AM

    Amazing! I wish I could make more things homemade but it seems like such a hassle in my tiny NYC apartment. I’d love to make something like yogurt from scratch. I eat it all the time and I spend so much dough on it!

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    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — April 18, 2012 @ 9:06 AM

    I’m *working* on making my own sourdough bread using Mama Pea’s sourdough starter-so far, I’ve failed twice but I’m still hopeful!

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    Barbara — April 18, 2012 @ 9:11 AM

    Yogurt, butter, cupcakes and muffins!

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    Adrienne — April 18, 2012 @ 9:14 AM

    Every Friday I make my own Challah – it’s much more delicious than store bought and my kids wouldn’t want it any other way! :)

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    Jan J — April 18, 2012 @ 9:15 AM

    I love to make homemade yogurt!

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    Lyra — April 18, 2012 @ 9:17 AM

    These look Yum!! I make my own Granola along with bread and pickles and jam. Can’t wait for summer.

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    Natalie — April 18, 2012 @ 9:19 AM

    i love homemade bread! on a huge sourdough kick lately!

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    Stephanie — April 18, 2012 @ 9:22 AM

    I’ve been starting to make a lot of things, including bread, hummus, granola, muesli, and pickles. I love that I’m skipping out on preservatives and added sugar!

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    Rachel — April 18, 2012 @ 9:24 AM

    I make loads of homemade granola.

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    Dani — April 18, 2012 @ 9:33 AM

    Bread, granola, salsa, tomato sauce…it goes on and on :)

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    Cassie — April 18, 2012 @ 9:33 AM

    These are great granola bars, Lori! I think making seasoning mixes at home versus buying at the store is my favorite. Also, making homemade stock is so much better than store-bought. Actually, I prefer anything that I can make at home!

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    Emily380 — April 18, 2012 @ 9:37 AM

    The favorite thing of my family’s that I make homemade is Maple Almond Butter. SOOOOO much better than storebought & easy to whip together. I’m excited about these granola bars!

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    Alicia — April 18, 2012 @ 9:44 AM

    Wow these look super good… I started making my own flavored lattes and coffee creamers… From the Recipe Girl archives, of course! :) Thanks so much for this recipe! I’m excited to try it… And I totally know what you mean about the guilt about buying and serving up processed food… It’s just so much easier sometimes. Oh well, I’m working on it!

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    Cellabella — April 18, 2012 @ 9:50 AM

    I just recently started making my own tomato sauce, it’s ridiculously easy and delicious when it’s homemade. Just cut up fresh tomatoes and simmer them with olive oil, salt, pepper, herbs, wine, etc. until reduced. Puree and use for anything!

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    Carly Frank — April 18, 2012 @ 9:58 AM

    I love to make homemade graham crackers!

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    Patti Krueger — April 18, 2012 @ 10:14 AM

    I make my own version of Lara bars.
    This granola bar looks good!
    Thanks for the chance for the cookbook.
    I might have to buy it if I don’t win.

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    Jen B — April 18, 2012 @ 10:14 AM

    I love to gift homemade hot chocolate mix with homemade marshmallows! It’s so easy at holiday time. I also refuse to buy boxed cookies!

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    Melyssa — April 18, 2012 @ 10:32 AM

    I always make my own tomato sauce and this year hopefully it will be full of heirloom tomatoes from our garden. I would like to start making more of snacky treats my family enjoys, like these yummy granola bars, and I will not feel bad to let them have their sweets. ;)

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    Misty — April 18, 2012 @ 10:41 AM

    My husband just asked me to make granola bars today! I will try this recipe. I make a lot from scratch due to food allergies and we are all healthier because of it.

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    Melissa J — April 18, 2012 @ 10:43 AM

    I love baking and make most of the desserts in my house, when I have time. I can’t wait to try these because they look so much better than store-bought. I would love the recipes from a lot of the previous comments. :)

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    Lori B. — April 18, 2012 @ 10:44 AM

    Wow- I can’t wait to try these granola bars. I have always wanted to try to make homemade granola. Does anyone have a good recipe for it?

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    Shelly R — April 18, 2012 @ 10:44 AM

    I make ice cream, trail mix and cookies! I cannot find any of these in stores that do not contain ingredients I cannot eat, or would not eat for that matter! :)

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    Sylvia — April 18, 2012 @ 10:58 AM

    I love making home-made muffins. I love that I can control what goes into them (tons of fresh fruit and fiber), yet they’re still easy to pick up for a quick snack or part of a breakfast.

    I can’t wait to try this granola bar recipie. It sounds delicious!

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    Kim — April 18, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

    I’d like to learn how to make home made energy bars!

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    Laura — April 18, 2012 @ 11:24 AM

    I love making homemade granola!

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    Marty — April 18, 2012 @ 11:33 AM

    I just learned how to make homemade tortillas. They’re super simple, but taste amazing! Awesome giveaway. :)

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    NFer — April 18, 2012 @ 11:51 AM

    I love to make my own dressings. They are so much better than those from the store and give me a reason to crave salad 7 days a week.

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    Mallory — April 18, 2012 @ 11:59 AM

    Lately I’ve been making homemade GF Buckwheat graham type crackers. Sooo good with some Nutella smeared on top!

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    samW — April 18, 2012 @ 11:59 AM

    I’ve been working really hard at getting rid of all condiments from the store….

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    Erin Lembke — April 18, 2012 @ 12:05 PM

    Hi! I make my own salad dressing, spicy pickles, waffles, nut milk, and crackers. Hope to make my own granola, tomato sauce, beans, and sprouted flour!

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    Lorie Vance-Castaneda — April 18, 2012 @ 12:07 PM

    I make all of my desserts homemade + muffins + recently started making homemade pancakes…I feel silly for ever buying pancake mix in a box! I still buy organically processed granola bars but want to try making them homemade! Thx for sharing the recipe!

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    Nikki V — April 18, 2012 @ 12:09 PM

    I would like to learn to make homemade crackers. That’s one of my next goals.

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    Tina Cook — April 18, 2012 @ 12:30 PM

    I wanted pumpkin cheese cake for Thanksgiving… but how GF? GF Ginger Snap crust, that is how. Wow was it amazing and the kids loved it too. YAH!

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    Kelly F. — April 18, 2012 @ 12:39 PM

    I love making homemade cookies, not exactly healthy, but they taste way better!

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    Sarah G — April 18, 2012 @ 12:41 PM

    I really need to be better about making things myself. I would like to start with granola, bread, and yogurt.

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    Heather — April 18, 2012 @ 1:04 PM

    I wish I could make my own tempeh!

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    Cara — April 18, 2012 @ 1:26 PM

    I already have the book so no need to enter me in the giveaway, but I just wanted to say, what a nice review of Hallie’s work!

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    Abby — April 18, 2012 @ 1:40 PM

    I make lots of things at home that you could buy at the store. Bread, salad dressings, and have made granola bars similar to the recipe. Looking forward to trying this recipe. Looks very tasty!

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    Molly — April 18, 2012 @ 1:45 PM

    I’ve made both granola bars and ricotta cheese in my kitchen (not at the same time) and was very happy with the results.

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    Nicole Handler — April 18, 2012 @ 2:30 PM

    I make a creamy avocado dressing (dairy free) and a delicious chunky spaghetti sauce. Yum!

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    Bobbie Hayes — April 18, 2012 @ 2:44 PM

    And the list goes on. My latest return to “homemade” is simple vanilla pudding with cornstarch and egg yolks. The texture is better, the flavors cleaner. The other thing I love is spaghetti sauce. I’m 65 and live along so I’m not trying to fool the kids by hiding vegetables in the sauce. I love adding veggies to the spaghetti sauce. Fresher tasting and not so sweet.

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    Emily — April 18, 2012 @ 2:53 PM

    I love the chewy granola bars. I make my own granola, but it’s crunchy… so this should be tasty. I make my own “cream soup”, bread, and poppyseed dressing.

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    Lisa — April 18, 2012 @ 2:56 PM

    I have been making tortillas, pizza crust, and bread from scratch lately. I love it!

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    SallyT — April 18, 2012 @ 3:06 PM

    I make most of our bread. I’ve also begun to make flour tortillas as we can’t get good ones around here. Homemade just tastes better and made with love is more nourishing for all involved!

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    Amanda V — April 18, 2012 @ 3:07 PM

    I always make my own granola (peanut butter and banana!) and in the summer, ice cream :)

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    Morgan — April 18, 2012 @ 3:09 PM

    Peanut Butter!!! It is so expensive at the store and the list of ingredients is a little suspicious. Plus we use it on everything; toast, smoothies, baking, sandwiches, you name it!

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    Lavi — April 18, 2012 @ 3:55 PM

    One thing that I make which is usually packaged is granola, because I can customize it and control how much sugar is in it!

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    Bianca — April 18, 2012 @ 3:58 PM

    My favorite thing to make is hummus. It’s so easy, and like these granola bars is a great snack!

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    Lori H — April 18, 2012 @ 4:13 PM

    I make my own tomato soup – yum!

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    Kristen — April 18, 2012 @ 4:56 PM

    I make my own vanilla extract.

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    Jessica — April 18, 2012 @ 5:04 PM

    Nice recipe! I make a few things at home that seem to surprise people – well, at least people I know. I make my own cashew milk, almond milk and coconut milk, as well as my own granola. If I feel like eating bread, which is not often, I make my own gluten-free versions from various recipes. I also make my own almond butter, homemade mayo, dried tomatoes, tomato sauce…wow, more than I thought!

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    Jenn — April 18, 2012 @ 5:19 PM

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to give the recipe a try. I’ve been meaning to try to make my own cheese at home. I’ve been told it’s very easy, but I haven’t done it yet.
    Thanks for the chance!

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    Julie Buckner — April 18, 2012 @ 5:20 PM

    These bars look great! I make homemade granola, pizza dough, and pasta sauce. So much better than anything you can buy.

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    Emily Blakely — April 18, 2012 @ 6:41 PM

    I would love to fin a recipe for a good home made greens bar. One with some spirulina maybe and preferably one my 9 year old daughter might even like!

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    Tracy A — April 18, 2012 @ 6:42 PM

    These look great! My specialty is hummus. I occasionally try different store bought ones to compare, but still feel I’ve got them beat!

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    Alicia Keen — April 18, 2012 @ 6:52 PM

    i would love to learn to make chewy bars homemade

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    Liz — April 18, 2012 @ 7:06 PM

    I’ve made homemade hummus before, but it just doesn’t taste as good as the store-bought ones. I’d love to make great tasting homemade hummus!

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    ilona t — April 18, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

    any baked goods — hate buying them at the store~!

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    Kelly — April 18, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

    Bread! I don’t know what it is, but yeast and I do not get along. Anything using yeast just doesn’t pan out no matter how many blogs/tutorials I read about it. I am starting to take it personally! No yeast in this recipie, so I’ll give it a shot soon!

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    Teresa Earp — April 18, 2012 @ 7:14 PM

    I would like to learn how to bake gluten free breads. It has been a hit and miss for me, so far.

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — April 18, 2012 @ 7:19 PM

    I love to make homemade granola–so easy, and so much easier to decrease the amount of sweeteners compared to what they add in the packaged kind!

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    Tydeisha J — April 18, 2012 @ 7:23 PM

    i would like to learn how to make homemade alfredo sauce.

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    Danielle — April 18, 2012 @ 8:00 PM

    i would really like to make my own pasta!

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    Susan — April 18, 2012 @ 8:22 PM

    These sound wonderful. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for this gluten-free recipe!

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    Libbie Nienstedt — April 18, 2012 @ 8:26 PM

    I’ve really gotten into making different salad dressings. After a trip up the coast of California last summer where I purchased many a bottle of flavored olive oils and vinegars I’ve enjoyed coming up with different combinations. I know my husband will love these and I’ll fill better that all the “added ingredients” will be gone. Thanks for the fun and versatile recipe Lori!

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    RecipeGirl's Mom — April 18, 2012 @ 8:47 PM

    These look so good and so simple to make Gluten free for me. Seems I spend more and more time in my kitchen. It’s all your fault!

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    Timothy Hood — April 18, 2012 @ 9:34 PM

    My wife needs to eat a gluten-free diet and the three things we struggle to find for her that taste any good are: pizza (specifically, the dough), pasta and bread. Why does gluten-free pizza dough come out so flat and boring? Why does pasta get so gooey? Why is the bread so gritty? Add to that the insult of paying 2-4 times the price! I hate to cook separate items for her and the rest of us, but we have yet to find an alternative.

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    Katie — April 18, 2012 @ 11:02 PM

    What a great give away! I would love to do baking at home starting with dinner roles.

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    Joni Owada — April 19, 2012 @ 12:20 AM

    I make homemade yogurt and homemade granola

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    Jaan — April 19, 2012 @ 12:39 AM

    I usually make my own cookies/cakes, sweets, yogurt and butter…but soon will start again with breads. Want to also start making homemade ice creams. Since we love it, I hate not being able to control the amount of sugar in it. Besides we have our own fresh milk and lots of fruit trees. But really I am game to try making anything homemade. Want to make my family healthier, and worry less about chemicals that we would normally consume in readymade products.

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    Kesha — April 19, 2012 @ 1:15 AM

    I always make homemade cookies and cakes! They are so much better than store bought and I know what is in them!

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    carmel atanasu-teeters — April 19, 2012 @ 1:39 AM

    I have made condensed milk because I needed it for a recipe and I had picked up evaporated milk by mistake. I also just started making my own granola…… it turns out super yummy! My coworkers ask for recipe!! On a not to eat note.. I make my laundry detergent and stain remover and shower cleaner. I am going to try the air freshener this weekend.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 19, 2012 @ 1:41 AM

    Yum! Gorgeous bars, Lori. I’ve made several granola bar recipes but I haven’t used one that requires a food processor yet. Can’t wait to give this a try!

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    Ilene — April 19, 2012 @ 2:38 AM

    I make my own granola bars.

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    Christine — April 19, 2012 @ 3:15 AM

    I would love to learn how to make homemade apple sauce or raspberry jam. I eat both all the time, and I think I could make it better than the store, with more chunky/hearty texture.

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    Sarah L — April 19, 2012 @ 3:37 AM

    I make homemade mustard. I’d like to start making my own yogurt.

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    MaureenE — April 19, 2012 @ 3:52 AM

    I would like to learn to make rye bread.

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    Mary Anne Perlmutter — April 19, 2012 @ 4:00 AM

    I like to make homemade hummus. i can control the salt and oil. Also love to change up the flavor with more lemon juice.

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    Laura P. — April 19, 2012 @ 4:12 AM

    I make granola/energy bites and cookies–but I would love to try more homemade recipes!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — April 19, 2012 @ 4:38 AM

    Peanut Butter! Lots and lots of peanut butter! It’s my favorite thing to make and it makes me feel empowered! Weird huh? I love that I took nuts and can make it into a creamy spread!! So good!!

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    Jeanne ODonnell — April 19, 2012 @ 5:54 AM

    I make my own salad dressing. I never buy bottled.

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    Martha T — April 19, 2012 @ 6:12 AM

    I have a recipe for ranch dressing/dip mix that I have used for years.

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    Maria K — April 19, 2012 @ 6:21 AM

    I’d like to learn to make granola! Healthy!

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    Fran McClain — April 19, 2012 @ 6:26 AM

    Make all my salad dressings!!!!

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    Vanessa — April 19, 2012 @ 6:31 AM

    These look delish! I’ve tried so many times to make granola bars, but they never come out right. However, I plan to keep trying until I get them right.

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    anna — April 19, 2012 @ 6:32 AM

    Most of what I make is homemade…all my “butters” are my favorite. Almond and pecan with added spices are so good.

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    Karen — April 19, 2012 @ 6:42 AM

    I have been making granola bars for a long time-they are so much better than the store bought versions. These sound yummy, will add these to the list of “to do’s” Thanks for the recipe!

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    Susan — April 19, 2012 @ 6:45 AM

    I make homemade salsa, guacamole, crutons, macaroni & cheese, soup, cakes, bread, & I want to learn how to make tortillas. Everything homemade always tastes better.

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    Linda H — April 19, 2012 @ 6:45 AM

    I make my own brown sugar (white sugar and a little molasses) and French bread. I’ve also just started making bagels — easy but time consuming!

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    Brandi Gandy — April 19, 2012 @ 6:50 AM

    I wish I made my bread on a regular basis.

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    Lynette Cruz — April 19, 2012 @ 6:50 AM

    I would love tomake my own butter,mozzarella cheese and Greek yogurt(mind you,I have a yogurt maker…lol…I love creamy,not so tangy,thick yogurt)!! Bagels,I’ve tried them,they came out pretty good,looking forward tomaking them again.Everything else I can do…

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    Cherri — April 19, 2012 @ 6:54 AM

    Oooh I will have to try this recipe..looks really yummy. I make my own muffins and sometimes bread. Breakfast muffins are becoming a staple in our house and I think it’s better if I control the fat and sugar we consume my making my own.

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    Jacqui — April 19, 2012 @ 7:01 AM

    I would love to learn how to make homemade, from scratch pasta!

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    Diane — April 19, 2012 @ 7:03 AM

    I make all of our desserts..we next to never buy pre-made desserts!
    We also make our own Beef Jerky and make and stuff our own Italian sausage!!
    And a few other things as well!

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    Lisa G — April 19, 2012 @ 7:17 AM

    I make yogurt and it is so easy. I love knowing exactly what is in it.

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    Justine — April 19, 2012 @ 7:17 AM

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! We make homemade ice cream!

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    Christine Pagan — April 19, 2012 @ 7:23 AM

    I am so inspired by this recipe, I am going out to get a couple of things and I will be making these this afternoon.

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    susan baldner — April 19, 2012 @ 7:23 AM

    I make homemade bread…so delicious!!

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    Mb — April 19, 2012 @ 7:27 AM

    catalina salad dressing!

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    TR — April 19, 2012 @ 7:31 AM

    Mashed Potatoes …. I hate boxed and I can always tell when a restaurant uses them to stretch theirs. ick.
    And I’d love to win this Cook Book! ;D

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    Mary Miller — April 19, 2012 @ 7:32 AM

    I make my own power “granola” bars. http://apassionateplate.com/ski-weekend-power-bars/ Like you, I just feel guilty buying power bars at the store, even though the ingredients are usually pretty good – there are always preservatives. I love the recipe in your post – it has a lot less fat than mine and I will definitely give it a try. Would LOVE to win a cookbook!

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    Vballer — April 19, 2012 @ 7:33 AM

    I want to learn how to make regular granola…I love sprinkling it over Greek Yogurt!

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    Pam Hicks — April 19, 2012 @ 7:38 AM

    These look great! I have recently lost considerable weight by eliminating almost all processed foods from my diet. We all need to make more of our foods so that we actually know what we are putting into our bodies. I have even started making bread. My first attempt was my grandmother’s Swedish Rye Bread, sweetened with molasses. Yum!

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    Dana — April 19, 2012 @ 7:38 AM

    I make homemade tortillas, which I can use in recipes or make chips.

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    Kristin @ TreatEatRepeat — April 19, 2012 @ 7:54 AM

    Homemade frozen yogurt! I’d love to know how to make that

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    Suzannah — April 19, 2012 @ 7:58 AM

    I make a lot of homemade things (bread, cookies, etc.), but I’ve always wondered why anyone would use store-bought whipped cream when the homemade version is so simple and much tastier!

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    Rebecca — April 19, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

    I make as much as I can from scratch, but my favorites are my homemade granola, pancakes and play dough.

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    Sarah — April 19, 2012 @ 8:15 AM

    I want to start making my own sourdough bread….by making my own sourdough starter. Here’s to home cooking!

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    Karen — April 19, 2012 @ 8:18 AM

    I have been making my own granola bars for a while now, and they are addictive once you start. I can’t wait to try these! Thanks.

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    Desi — April 19, 2012 @ 8:22 AM

    I’ve made homemade alfredo sauce, and homemade taco seasoning! I’ve made a homemade cake too :) Yay!

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    Sharon S. — April 19, 2012 @ 8:32 AM

    I love making my own jam and jelly. All my desserts are made from scratch.

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    Carolyn — April 19, 2012 @ 8:45 AM

    I make my own vanillla extract. It’s super easy, cheaper, and tastes 10 times better than the premade stuff.

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    Emily — April 19, 2012 @ 8:54 AM

    I love homemade cookies hands down over anything you can buy in the store! I also love homemade granola bars as well, and this recipe looks yummy, will have to try it!

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    Melissa M. — April 19, 2012 @ 8:54 AM

    I love making homemade hummus!

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    Laurel H. — April 19, 2012 @ 8:55 AM

    I wish I could say that I make more things homemade. However, I do set aside time to make my own salad dressings. On Monday I made both a cilantro-lime dressing and a balsamic-basil dressing. Yum!

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    Kate Perkins — April 19, 2012 @ 8:57 AM

    I would like to make crackers at home so that we can enjoy the crunchy goodness without feeling like we ate a bunch of unhealthy, foreign ingredients.

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    Sarah H. — April 19, 2012 @ 8:59 AM

    I make my own harissa! :-) Canned a bunch last year. It is almost gone….time to make more!!!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 19, 2012 @ 9:27 AM

    I love making homemade granola bars. I have a couple different version that my son loves, and I feel better about him eating!
    Salad dressings are another. The bottles are cheap and last forever, but have you looked at the ingredients?!

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    Dolores — April 19, 2012 @ 9:27 AM

    I make my own vanilla extract.

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    Kim — April 19, 2012 @ 9:38 AM

    We make potato chips

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    Maria — April 19, 2012 @ 9:47 AM

    Bread! So easy and I usually have all the ingredients in my pantry.

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    Samantha Y — April 19, 2012 @ 10:01 AM

    I make all my baby’s pureed food. I would love to know how to make Vanilla cream cookies and coconut flavored marshmallows. Not the healthiest of items but very yummy!

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    gailanne — April 19, 2012 @ 10:10 AM

    I make my own seafood sauce…and it’s way better than any jarred sauces I’ve bought in the past!

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    Hillary — April 19, 2012 @ 10:11 AM

    I make crackers from scratch at home. Cheaper, healthier, and less packaging!

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    chris thomas — April 19, 2012 @ 10:18 AM

    I used to make my son homeade teething biscuits, he loved them! I would like to start making more of my houshold staples though.

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    Hannah — April 19, 2012 @ 10:22 AM

    I bake almost all of the desserts that we eat, and I make some killer orange gumdrops! I’d really like to make my own vanilla extract, because I use that in almost everything–it would save me so much money, and the homemade version is supposed to be awesome!

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    Karen R. — April 19, 2012 @ 10:41 AM

    I would love to learn how how to make homemade bread!

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    Amanda L — April 19, 2012 @ 10:42 AM

    I learned to make jams. I love fresh strawberry jam or blackberry jam. Can’t wait till picking season starts up again.

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    Chrysann Castro-Barker — April 19, 2012 @ 10:42 AM

    We do all of our own baking at home. We also grind our meat (chicken, beef, turkey, pork), make our own sausage (meat and veggie), and try not to buy processed foods. We have a garden and can or freeze what we can. I would like to try my hand at dehydrating and yogurt making. Thank you very much for the giveaway!

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    Rhonda — April 19, 2012 @ 10:44 AM

    Would like to make homemade granola and energy bars

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    Babs — April 19, 2012 @ 10:44 AM

    I have “made” bread in our lovely breadmaker machine, but would love to learn to make yeast rolls and breads like my grandmother used to make. She would always make these wonderful rolls for every family get together and they were as light as heaven.

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    Vicki — April 19, 2012 @ 11:01 AM

    I make my own catsup!

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    kyndall — April 19, 2012 @ 11:04 AM

    We love homemade bread, french fries, and granola bars. And our little one loves his homemade baby food.

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    BeerWench13 — April 19, 2012 @ 11:31 AM

    We brew our own beer and also make our own hot sauce out of peppers grown in our garden.

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    Liz @ Virtually Homemade — April 19, 2012 @ 11:57 AM

    Those are beautiful and I’m sure much better for you than commercial brands

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    Jennifer — April 19, 2012 @ 11:58 AM

    I’ve made cheesecakes from scratch and would like to learn how to make even better cheesecakes from scratch, even if my Hubby likes the ones I make now.

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    Andrea — April 19, 2012 @ 1:31 PM

    I am planning on making homeade english muffins this weekend :)

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    Beth L — April 19, 2012 @ 1:35 PM

    I make homemade granola bars and muffins, wrap them separately, freeze them, and then take one out for my breakfast each day.

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    Sarah — April 19, 2012 @ 2:43 PM

    I make crackers, granola and bread for the whole family and teething biscuits for my daughter. It feels great knowing exactly what is in the food my family is eating!

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    Mary P — April 19, 2012 @ 3:43 PM

    I make my own homemade salsa. Better than anything you can buy.

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    lisa g — April 19, 2012 @ 4:01 PM

    I would love to make great baklava…..just like greek town.yum.

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    Danelle — April 19, 2012 @ 4:21 PM

    We make homemade brownies. They are so much better than the box stuff you can buy at the store.

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    Angie B — April 19, 2012 @ 4:26 PM

    I would like to learn how to make baked beans in the English style, similar to Heinz Vegetarian Baked Beans. They’re really hard to find in the US.

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    Jennifer S — April 19, 2012 @ 4:42 PM

    I just started making my own cereals. So much cheaper than buying them at the store!

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    Daniel — April 19, 2012 @ 4:57 PM

    I make my own yogurt quite a bit!

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    Ruth Anne Shorter — April 19, 2012 @ 5:14 PM

    We make our bread, desserts, and cook from scratch all the time. I would love to learn to make pickles crisp when canning. I would love to make soups to substitute for the canned, as I have so many recipes calling for canned soup.

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    dean — April 19, 2012 @ 5:23 PM

    I make delicious dried fruit/pumpkin bran muffins that taste great and get you “going”!

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    susan — April 19, 2012 @ 5:24 PM

    I would love to make a delicious but healthy homemade biscotti.

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    Janet R — April 19, 2012 @ 5:55 PM

    I love to make homemade pizza dough, homemade granola, homemade vinaigrettes…

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    Stephanie — April 19, 2012 @ 5:56 PM

    We make alot of our own condiments…BBQ sauce, dressings, etc. SO much better than bottled!

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    Ann Bartman — April 19, 2012 @ 6:01 PM

    I make all my cheesecakes and cream pies from from scratch, but I’d love to learn to make french macaroons!

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    Kate Underwood — April 19, 2012 @ 6:01 PM

    I make homemade cinnamon rolls! Just started a batch now!

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    Holly T — April 19, 2012 @ 6:03 PM

    I have made homemade bread, granola bars, canned tomatoes, applesauce, and some jam. By far my favorite is the applesauce that is canned every fall to last us the year since its my Grandpa’s recipe.

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    Sharon H — April 19, 2012 @ 6:29 PM

    I love canning those fresh veggies and opening them up all winter to serve with homemade bread. Just made a snack mix with air-popped popcorn and pretzels. Great way to keep the sodium down!

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    what katie's baking — April 19, 2012 @ 7:15 PM

    no wayyyy these look so awesome!!
    i just love homemade granola bars

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    SallyRan — April 19, 2012 @ 7:49 PM

    i have 2 lchickens so I love to make Crepes & freeze them since i have extra eggs.

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    Sarah Winn — April 19, 2012 @ 8:42 PM

    I make my own bread and tortillas. I would like to learn to make more breads like bagels, english muffins, pitas, doughnuts etc

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    Mary P — April 19, 2012 @ 8:52 PM

    I make a lot of our everyday foods at home, mostly out of necessity as we live 80 miles from a good sized town and prices in our little store here are outrageous! I make granola the kids love,my own cake mixes for them to whip up if they dont want to make something from scratch. Lots of others but am ALWAYS looking for more things to keep it interesting and new out here in the boonies !

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    nancy — April 19, 2012 @ 9:13 PM

    i would like to learn how to make a easy flaky pastry dough that can be used for pies and tarts.
    luv your granola recipe…will have to make them for my 4yr old girl!

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    Dana B — April 19, 2012 @ 9:15 PM

    I used to make all of my cookies, pancakes, and bread from scratch, but my 10 yo is now gluten-free and lactose-free (and may end up dairy-free :( ) so I’m having to learn lots of new techniques. Gluten-free is waaaaay different with baking. I’m too late for the giveaway, but thx for the info on the book!!

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    Kristin — April 19, 2012 @ 9:32 PM

    I’ve been making dog treats from scratch! I love doing it and my two dogs love eating them so it’s a great thing!

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    Yvette N. — April 19, 2012 @ 9:58 PM

    I make what we call Energy Bars, containing oatmeal, raisins
    peanuts, peanut butter and marshmallows.

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    Bryn — April 20, 2012 @ 4:38 AM

    I would love to make homemade checked nuggets like the ones by purdue. My mom gave them to my daughter, and she now looovvvvees them. I’ve tried several copycat recipes, but apparently they aren’t quite right.

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    Bonnie S — April 20, 2012 @ 5:27 AM

    I have been making my own greek yogurt. SO much better than store bought and more economical too! :)

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    Debbie — April 20, 2012 @ 7:56 AM

    My husband makes homemade bread that is to die for!

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    Kerry — April 20, 2012 @ 8:23 AM

    I just made homemade granola bars for the first time! Now I’ll have to try this recipe.

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    Sarah — April 20, 2012 @ 9:19 AM

    I just made homemade whipped cream for the first time over the weekend. OMG what have I been missing. I ate almost the entire first batch right out of the bowl and had to make another!!

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    Dianna Belle — April 20, 2012 @ 9:50 AM

    I make the best tartar sauce! (I got the recipe from my father-in-law)

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    Amanda H — April 20, 2012 @ 10:02 AM

    I tend to bake my own white bread. It just tastes better than store-bought.

    Around two years ago, I also made my own graham crackers, which also tasted better than store-bought and had better ingredients. But I haven’t gotten back to them since, though I’d like to!

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    NV — April 20, 2012 @ 11:44 AM

    I am not the best in the kitchen and would like to make homemade granola bars and you have totally inspired me to do it! I make my own lemonade, does that count? :) :)

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    Amy — April 20, 2012 @ 12:20 PM

    I like to make my own protein bars but I’m looking for a new recipe to try. :)

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    Alexis — April 20, 2012 @ 3:00 PM

    I like to make my breads, pizza doughs, and taco seasonings.

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    Robin Thomas — April 20, 2012 @ 4:03 PM

    It would homemade pizza’s instead of frozen pizzas.

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    Laurie Ann Phinney — April 20, 2012 @ 5:47 PM

    This recipe sounds like a winner! I make my own Protein Bars for after workouts or snacks while on long hikes. They are so yummy that it is difficult not to eat them like cookies…Smiles…

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this cookbook. I know it would get a lot of good use at my house.
    Sincerely,
    Laurie AKA Idgie

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    Dina — April 20, 2012 @ 7:09 PM

    I have always wanted to make homemade granola bars..seriously!…also always wanted to make homemade granola too!

    Dina
    Hammond, La

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    Heidi — April 20, 2012 @ 7:23 PM

    I keep my own supply of hot cocoa mix and pancake mix on hand and generally make batches of granola without any added fat or sugar.

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    Janelle Belka — April 20, 2012 @ 9:17 PM

    I would love to learn to make really good whole wheat bread. I am definitely going to try these delicious looking granola bars too.

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    Karen Lynch — April 20, 2012 @ 9:20 PM

    I want to try and make biscotti. These look great and would love to try different flavirs together.

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    Jen — April 21, 2012 @ 12:10 AM

    Salad dressing, cake, cookies, and pizza crust!

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    marissa @ the boot — April 21, 2012 @ 4:02 AM

    i love to make homemade salsa, since here in italy i can’t find it. the only problem is the cilantro, which isn’t sold either, so i have to grow it! pretty sustainable and awesome if you ask me. :) i LOVE your blog! i just stumbled across it and i’m so happy to add you to my foodie favorites.

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    Kim K. — April 21, 2012 @ 5:16 AM

    I’m trying to make most things homemade. Salad dressing is the latest thing I’ve made. DEFINITELY trying out this recipe for granola bars. They sound wonderful.

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    Allie H — April 21, 2012 @ 9:35 AM

    i love making homemade bread!

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    Carmen Skidmore — April 21, 2012 @ 2:13 PM

    I enjoy making homemade pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, bread and mexican rice :) Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipes! I will be making these granola bars for sure!

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    elizabeth — April 21, 2012 @ 5:30 PM

    I just made my own beer bread, not from a mix like I would normally make. It was so easy I feel so bad for not trying it sooner!

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    Lynda — April 21, 2012 @ 5:44 PM

    would love to make falafel! Ate one at a roadside stand in Cleveland awesome flavor!

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    tcmary — April 21, 2012 @ 5:50 PM

    Been making some things at home that I used to buy, horseradish sauce, chilli sauce, tartar sauce, vanilla extract, coconut extract, nutella, coconut milk and cream, lots of different liquers and ready to use mixes.

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    erin l. — April 21, 2012 @ 7:36 PM

    I made all of my sons baby food myself. I pureed the fruits and veggies and he loved them. He is a great eater as a toddler too.

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    Chelle — April 21, 2012 @ 7:39 PM

    I would like to make a variety of salad dressings and marinades to spice up some of my dishes.

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    Teresa O — April 21, 2012 @ 10:25 PM

    I like to make my own rubs, taco seasoning, made my first batch of hollandaise sauce today..fun :). Would like to make my own yogurt.

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    Marie B. — April 21, 2012 @ 10:25 PM

    I would love to find some great tasting (a few I have tried, no so good) recipes that are gluten free and refined sugar free. My husband and I are trying to eat better.

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    Debbi R — April 22, 2012 @ 6:13 AM

    I make bread at home with my bread machine and I make yogurt and all of our salad dressings.

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    Theresa — April 22, 2012 @ 7:07 AM

    I just learned to make ricotta cheese from cream and whole milk…delicious!! Thank you for the chance to win a great cookbook, love your blog.

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    Amanda Thompson — April 22, 2012 @ 10:23 AM

    I would love to learn to make my own jams and jellies!!

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    Michelle — April 22, 2012 @ 12:24 PM

    I want to make my own bread

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    Sarah K — April 22, 2012 @ 12:45 PM

    I make my own salad dressings and orange juice.

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    Joanne — April 22, 2012 @ 3:29 PM

    I like to make my own hummus at home. I use less tahini paste and no olive oil in my hummus, so there are less fat and calories than in the store-bought kind. The best part is that it takes less than 10 minutes to make! Every time I make hummus for friends and family, I get rave reviews.

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    Kelster — April 22, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

    Bread is my latest obsession. I just got some oats and made granola this weekend.

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    Sarah — April 22, 2012 @ 8:04 PM

    As a college student I buy almost everything prepackaged or frozen so when I go home I love to make homemade granola! Adding in my personal favorites to add my own finishing touches – I bring it back in bulk to try and save some money but I’m lucky if it lasts the first week back! Summers are great for trying new receipes :)

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    Mary — April 23, 2012 @ 6:55 AM

    I love to make banana bread. I have my on version which includes chocolate chips. Always a hit!

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    Vera — April 23, 2012 @ 8:58 AM

    I would like to make granola bars – made without peanut butter!!! I have a little boy that is allergic to peanuts. These sound great!

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    Sandy — April 23, 2012 @ 10:54 AM

    I would like to learn to make pasta.

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    Andrea Merrigan — April 23, 2012 @ 12:46 PM

    I just started making homemade wheat bread, so easy and much more economical!

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    Julie Tauber — April 23, 2012 @ 6:35 PM

    i make challah!

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    Jeff Tatem — April 24, 2012 @ 4:35 PM

    I love to make my own sushi and it is soooo much cheaper! For $10-$20 you can make about $100 worth of sushi and mix it up however you like (Bar-B-Q chicken, grilled steak and roasted pepper, or traditional tuna or salmon) it is a great activity for couples, make some sushi together, grab a bottle of wine and a good movie and you have an unforgettable date night. In the recipe above, would figs or raisins be a good substitute for prunes?

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    Lori Lange — April 25, 2012 @ 8:06 AM

    I would think you could sub raisins- not sure about figs… do they absorb water like raisins and prunes?

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    Dawn — April 25, 2012 @ 8:37 PM

    Do you know nutritional info? Specifically carbs since I cook for a diabetic and celiac. Thanks!

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    Lori Lange — April 25, 2012 @ 10:15 PM

    I do not have any nutritional info on these, unfortunately.

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    Kristi Rimkus — April 29, 2012 @ 10:12 AM

    They pack so much sugar and preservatives in granola bars these days, you’re smart to make your own!

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    Alison — May 1, 2012 @ 7:58 AM

    I’ve been looking for a recipe like this. I’ve used prunes in a few things now…and I’m ashamed to admit that I kind of like them. lol! BTW, I love how you styled the photos. =)

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    Lori — May 1, 2012 @ 6:02 PM

    I just made these today! my boyfriend loves them and says they are better than his sisters lol………i added some crasins to them……..going to make a big batch…..thanks! your recipe rocks!

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    Julie — August 4, 2012 @ 10:17 AM

    I just put mine in the oven! Peanut Butter and Jelly with raisins lol

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    Laura — August 7, 2012 @ 10:23 AM

    i just made these yesterday and added fresh cranberries–amazing!! they added a perfect zing. thanks for this recipe, i have been trying to find a healthy, chewy granola bar for ages.

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    Rena — October 23, 2012 @ 11:57 AM

    Can i use dates and honey instead of prunes and maple syrup?

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    Lori Lange — October 23, 2012 @ 7:34 PM

    You can certainly try! Since I haven’t tried it myself, I can’t say for sure what the results will be.

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    Maureen — September 3, 2013 @ 12:54 PM

    What is the Nutritional info for this recipe for Homemade Granola bars?? My husband is a diabetic and he only wants to eat low or no sugar granola bars. I need to know the carbs, dietary fibre, sugar, protein and calories.

    Thank-you

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    Lori Lange — September 4, 2013 @ 4:35 AM

    Hi Maureen, I don’t have nutritional info for this recipe, but you can check out an online recipe calculator to figure that out. I use http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp

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    James Shapter — February 25, 2014 @ 8:55 PM

    These aren’t flaky enough to be honest with you, needs more weetbix