It’s the effort that counts, right?
Here is a little secret I need to let you in on: I haven’t made a great granola bar in all of my years of baking. I just can’t. I don’t know what it is, why the recipes don’t work for me, or anything. I always, always have a granola bar failure.
I have made cake like granola bars instead of chewy granola bars. I have made chewy granola bars that fall apart when you pick them up (like the above picture). I have made granola bars that, quite frankly, are not very good. Like dry oatmeal.
Why do I keep making them?
Because I like granola bars.
I eat a granola bars almost everyday for lunch. Sunbelt, Nature Valley, Chewy; they are all great. I could save myself a lot of money by making my own. The gift of granola bar making seems to escape me. I was so excited. I had found (and tweeked) a granola bar recipe the other day. It looked good and (by scraping the bowl) tasted good. I had a great picture taking opportunity ahead of me.
Just look at them. How yummy does that look?!?
Then I cut into them.
We need a spoon to eat it.
Has this happened to you with your cooking? No matter what you make, it never, ever looks like the picture on Pinterest? I have heard so many people say they are bad cooks or they can’t cook. They just can’t make anything well.
I’m telling you, it happens to all of us.
Don’t get discouraged if your food doesn’t look like the pictures in the magazines or on Pinterest.
It’s okay. Keep trying. Keep getting into the kitchen. I know it is hard to keep doing something if you don’t feel it is working. Kind of like walking on a treadmill, you don’t get anywhere.
I’m telling you, you are getting somewhere. Every time you make a bowl of soup or make a batch of cookies you are learning what works and what doesn’t. Keep at it. Don’t give up.
Like my granola bars. I am going to keep on trying to make the perfect granola bar. I don’t know if I will ever achieve granola bar success but in the meantime, we will eat the crumbs. Crumbs aren’t always a bad thing. ;-)
So, do you have the perfect granola bar recipe? I would love to hear about it! Tell me in the comments.