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Homemade Granola Bars

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Homemade Granola Bars  The beauty of this bar is you can tailor it to your taste. Maybe swap the chocolate for dried cranberries or cherries… the possibilities are endless without compromising the taste. These bars are healthy high energy snack food that’s a perfect pick-me-up during the work or school day or following a workout, providing a nutritional boost of energy which improves concentration and stamina. A diet rich in iron, B vitamins, essential fatty acids and complex carbohydrates comprises a winning menu for your brain, increasing focus and memory.

Regional Dish:  America

Cuisine Style:  America| Cooking Time 30 mins | Take it as such| Type Snack| Shelf Life: 20 days| Quantity: 20 Servings.

Appx. Nutritional values calculated for 1 serving:

Calories (96Kcal), Carbohydrates (15g), Protein (1.5g), Fat (3.5g)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cups quick rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts ( almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts)
  • 1/4 cup pitted dates, well chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry fruits ( raisins, dry cranberries, dry cherries)
  • 1/4 cup rice crisps or pretzel sticks
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • 25 gms. melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon water

Method:

  1. Granola bars can be either made in oven or on stove top. I find stove top easier, so I make it that way.
  2.  Mix dry ingredients 1 to 5 and toast on a medium low flame for about 10 minutes till crisp and brown. Nuts should turn crisp. Set it aside to cool a little.
  3. Next, in a saucepan mix butter, honey and brown sugar and heat on a medium flame till the sugar melts and begins to bubble.
  4. If you see the sugar caramelizing, add a tsp. of water or more. Remove from heat when it is slightly thick and bubbles. Add the vanilla essence.
  5. Quickly add the toasted oats and nuts and mix well.
  6. Spread on a parchment paper and using the back of a wooden spoon, spread it across gently.
  7. Cover another parchment paper and press them down gently. Let them cool. Cut into bars once cooled.

Variations: Pea nut butter, Cocoa Powder, Dark chocolate chips, Milk chocolate chips, M & M’s , Marshmallows,  Dried berries ( blue berry, straw berry ), Chew nuts, Sunflower seeds, Flax seeds, Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Macadamia nuts, Hazelnut, Candid Fruits, Brown rice syrup, All spice powder, Cinnamon powder , puffed brown rice, almond butter , wheat germ, corn syrup , Coconut powder , Coconut oil , Sesame seeds, Pistachios , Nutella.

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