I have been trying to make homemade granola bars for some time now. I've been using a combination of Alton Brown and Ina Garten's recipes (see http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al... and http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in... ), which are quite similar, because they're the only ones I could find that seemed reasonable and they had both gotten good reviews.
My problem is, on each of the three occasions that I attempted the granola bars, they have failed to hold together when I tried to cut them into bars. They just crumble into what is basically loose granola. I have tried everything I can think of -- pressing them into the pan VERY firmly before baking, leaving them in the oven a little longer, letting them cool overnight before cutting them -- but I don't know what else to do to make them stay together. Is it the recipes I am using? I watched both chefs cook these bars on their show and I am following their directions to a T and yet do not come near approximating the stiff, crunchy looking bars that they have made. Help!