Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Granola Bars

Granola, Granola Bars - are they same? Yes and Yes.
Because the ingredients are the same. Method is pretty much same. For Granola, you mix the wet ingredients with dry and then toast in the oven. For granola bars, you toast the dry ingredients and then add the wet and bake one more time. (Well it actually depends on the recipe, but that is how I have been making these two for some years now)
Some people may say not really since the amount of liquid for a granola bar is a tad bit more compared to granola. You need that extra liquid to hold the shape of the bars. But this, too varies depending on the recipe.  I made these bars as breakfast bars to go.

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Adapted from - Food Network
Dry Ingredients:
Rolled oats - 2 cups
Wheat germ - 1/2 cup
Sliced almonds - 1 cup
Cashews - 1/2 cup
Flax seeds - 1/4 cup
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Chopped and measured dried apricots - 3/4 cups - See Notes
Chopped and measured dried mangoes - 3/4 cups - See Notes

Wet ingredients:
Honey - 1/2 cup
Oil - 2 TBSP (or melted butter)
Sugar or brown sugar - 1/4 cup (I used white sugar)
Vanilla - 1 tsp

Preheat the oven to 350 F. On a rimmed cookie sheet, take rolled oats, wheat germ, almonds, cashews. Toast for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, stir once and add flax seeds and continue to toast for another 5 minutes. Remove and set aside. Lower the temperature of the oven to 300 F. Spray a 9" square pan with vegetable oil spray. Set aside. In a microwave safe measuring cup, measure 1/2 cup honey, top it with sugar and microwave till bubbly. Add oil, salt, vanilla and stir well.
In another bowl, take the dried fruits. Add the toasted ingredients to the dried fruit bowl and mix. Pour the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix well. Dump the contents on to the prepared pan. Place a wax paper or an aluminum foil on the top and press with your hands to pack the pan evenly with the mixture. Firmer you press, less crumbly the bars will be. Bake in the oven at 300 F for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely in the pan. Slice when cool and store in an air tight container for up to 1 week. These freeze very well if wrapped properly.

The original recipe called for 6 1/2 Ounces of dried fruit. I weighed and then measured. You can use 1 1/2 cups of dried fruit of your choice. Raisins, cranberries, dried blue berries, dried figs, dates etc.
I added the flax seeds after 10 minutes of baking since I was using already toasted flax seeds. If your flax seeds are raw, you can toast nuts, oats, wheat germ and flax seeds together  for 15 minutes.

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  1. they look great!...I should try these at home instead of buying them!!...my kids would love them!
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  2. This is a breakfast I should make!
    Lovely bars...

  3. wow what a nice and healthy homemade treat!

  4. The new look of your space is looking pretty bright!!

    Good one..I have been postponing baking granola for quite some time now..got to get to it sometime soon!!

  5. Healthy bar and homemade is always yummy...

  6. Nice new look to your blog... After the first time, i baked granola again.... and its a hit at home, than the store bought one... i should try these bars too...

  7. These granola bars are looking simply awesome...

  8. Love the new look Champa. Granola bars look healthy and delicious. My husband is a big fan of these, will make them soon.

  9. Healthy and delicious granola bars.Have bookmarked this

  10. like the new look champa... so much easier to read black on light color.. i cant read light on dark colors without eye stress:) so this is great..
    nice healthy bar for snack!

  11. sounds healthy and easy to make:)

  12. Hey Champa,

    Couple of questions..
    What can i use instead of wheat germ?
    How do i know if the flaxseeds are roasted or not?

    What exactly are rolled oats? I mean, i have "hamlyns scottish porridge oats". Pack says its suitable for home baking. But when i tried using them once in baking, they turned soft. Is it ok to use them? Do i need to roast them before using?
    Are rolled oats soft OR hard n brittle?

    I hope i am making sense.
    Thanks in advance...

  13. Nisha,
    Wheat germ - you can add coarsely powdered oats in its place. Powder and then measure. Whatever oats you have should work fine since they are for porridge. Flax seeds - most of them are sold roasted. If you can eat them and they are a bit crunchy, that means they are toasted. If not, you can lightly toast in in the oven for about 4 - 5 minutes and then add. Hope these help. Oats do not get soft when there is not much liquid and is baked fine.


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