Monday, November 28, 2011

Another attempt at Granola Bars

So after my first granola bar failure ( because all I got was something that resembled granola) I tried two recipes and they both turned out amazing. Except that one of the recipe was super soft ( more like a fusion of granola bars and banana bread- amazing combo) and the other was super crisp and crunchy, like a nature valley bar. The great thing about making them yourself is that you can add whatever you want: if you don't like raisins, don't put raisins, if you love walnuts add a load of walnuts! Either way you can do whatever you want with these two recipes, one actually requires some granola so you can use whatever  granola you like best, I used the same recipe as in the last 'granola bars' recipe. The oatmeal square recipe is one of my new favorites, it is unbelievably simple to make, and so versatile, the recipe comes from 'Cookies' by the cook's encylopedia's collection.
Oat Squares (Crispy Granola Bars)

  • 55g (4 tablespoons) butter
  • 1&1/2 tablespoons Molasses
  • 65g (1/3 cup) brown sugar
  • 90g (1 cup) rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup nuts,dried fruit, or anything else you feel like adding, about a small handful
Pre-heat your oven to 350F/180C
  1. Either in your microwave or in a pot on your stove, melt the butter,molasses and sugar. 
2.Add the oats and nuts or dried fruit of your choice. 

3.Put the mixture into a 8x8 inch tin, and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Once cool, cut into squares.

Banana Bread like Granola Bars:
(Adapted from Williams Sonoma's 'Kids Cookies')
  • 40g (1/3 cup) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1&1/3 cup granola (weight depends on your granola)
Pre-heat your oven to 350F/180C
    1. Mash the banana in a bowl, using a fork then add the brown sugar,oil,honey,egg white and vanilla an mix until they are thoroughly combined.           
     2. Beat in the flour, baking soda and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. 
    Fold in the granola, then pour the mixture into a 8x8 inch square baking pan.Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown After taking it out of the oven, let it cool then cut into 16 squares.

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