This is my first attempt at homemade granola bars. Inspired by a MoFo post I can’t find any more (dear fellow MoFoer: if you’re reading this, please give me a shout so I can give you credit!), I mixed up some crushed cereal, quick-cooking oats, raisins, mixed nuts, chopped up dried apples, ground flax seed, shredded coconut etc. in a big bowl, added some agave syrup – and when that wasn’t enough to hold everything together, some maple syrup as well – and spread the whole sticky mess on a baking sheet and stuck it in the freezer. When it was holding together (or so I thought) but still pliable, I cut it into bars… or tried to. And this is where everything stopped going according to plan, and fell to pieces instead. Incredibly sticky pieces. Nevertheless, I didn’t want to give up. So I shaped as many “bars” as I could fit into a plastic container with a lid, wrapped in foil, then slammed the lid on them and stuck them back in the freezer. I declared the sad leftovers a kitchen fail and ate them mixed with whole wheat flakes over the next couple of days. More out of curiosity than anything else, I checked on those frozen bars today, and they seem to hold together! I’m still not convinced, so I’m reluctant to post anything close to an actual “recipe” here, but after a few more tries I might actually be getting somewhere.