Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Granola Bar Recipe

We've been looking for a good granola bar recipe for so long and we finally found one! This bar is healthy, isn't too sweet and holds together. In the photo you can see Steve gaining some sustenance from one of our bars for our hike this past weekend (pics to be posted later this week). This recipe seems very adaptable so use dried fruits, nuts, etc. if you want. We found it in The Flax Cookbook.

Oat and Seed Candy Bar
2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons chia or flax seeds
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or tahini

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8" square baking pan.

2. Spread the oatmeal and seeds on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring twice to assure uniform roasting. Transfer to a medium bowl. Set aside.

3. Pour the honey into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 7 minutes or until the honey reaches 275 degrees F on a candy thermometer. (At first the honey will expand and bubble up the sides of the pot. When it starts to condense and thicken its ready.) Stir in the butter or tahini.

4. Pour the hot syrup over the oat mixture, stirring to combine evenly. Transfer the mixture to the baking pan. Let cool 2 minutes, then press firmly with buttered or lightly moistened hands. Let cool for 10 minutes more. Use a moistened knife to cut into bars.

NOTE: I just made these again with maple syrup and they did not hold together as in the photo above made with honey. They are quite tasty but more like granola than a granola bar.

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