I went digging for this granola bar recipe I had used once. It involves sweetened condensed milk, oatmeal, coconut, and various dried fruits and nuts.
I read the comments on the recipe this time, because comments always have cool ideas. One of them mentioned that she cut hers into commercially-sized bars and wrapped them so her husband could take them jogging as energy bars.
I thought that was a great idea.
The recipe is thus, and I found it here:
3 cups quick oats
1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup sliced almond
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
Heat oven to 350. Grease 9x13 pan. Mix all ingredients together with your hands until well blended. Press flat in prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. Let cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars. Let cool completely before serving.
I know there's more nutritious granola bar recipes out there, but I had a ton of sweetened condensed milk and was trying to find something to do with it. Also, instead of cranberries, I used that sour plum fruit leather that I made a few weeks ago. I just diced up a hefty slab of it into little squares and mixed it in. It makes wonderful little savory patches that aren't quite sour, but aren't overwhelmingly chewy, either, because they're so thin.
The last batch I made with chocolate chips, and I thought the bars actually tasted better without them. The delicate sour of the fruit was upset by the uber-sweet of of the chocolate.
Then I wrapped them individually in plastic wrap. Instant snackage! A box of granola bars at the store generally has anywhere from 8 to 12 bars, and my pan made 18. I think the cost per bar is probably a lot lower, too, but I don't have all the precise prices to do the calculations.