Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Recipe: Sticky Fruit & Seed Granola Bars

After ordering a particularly tasty granola bar at Starbucks last week I decided that I could probably recreate something similar at home for less money and fewer calories.  Finding that I still have some leftover brown rice syrup from that batch of Glo Bars I made I knew that was the way to go.

I give you my own personal Sticky Fruit & Seed Granola Bars.

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Ingredients:

- 1.5 cups whole oats

- 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots

- 1/4 cup dried cranberries

- 1/4 cup sultana raisins

- 1/4 cup chopped and toasted almonds

- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds

- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

- 1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds

- big sprinkle cinnamon

- 1/2 cup brown rice syrup

- 1 tbsp butter

- 1 tsp real vanilla extract

- huge squirt honey (maybe 3 tbsp?)            

Directions:

- Mix all dry ingredients together (toast almonds in dry pan if necessary) in big bowl.

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- Heat syrup, butter, and vanilla in non-stick pot over med-high heat.  Bring to boil, stirring frequently, reduce to simmer for a few minutes.  Don’t let it burn!

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- Pour hot syrup mixture over dry mixture.  Add huge squirt of honey.  Stir until all combined.

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- Spread into a sprayed and lined 8x8 cake pan.  Press down using sprayed wax paper (this is sticky stuff!!) until firm.  Cover with sprayed wax paper and put in freezer to set.

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- Watch 30 minutes of Big Brother, then remove from freezer.  Use the pan liner to lift whole piece from pan.  Cut into 16 pieces. 

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- Enjoy!!  Keep refrigerated.  Ooey, gooey, sticky, crumbly goodness.  :)

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12 comments:

Rachel said...

mmmmm...sounds good! I really admire the way you wanted to recreate those bars and then just did it! I have no kitchen confidence. Maybe I should give it a shot sometime :)

Lex said...

Mmmm those sound delish (minus the almonds for nut-free me...arg!)

Maybe one day I will get adventurous and make these guys on my own!!!

Lisa said...

OMG those look ridiculously delicious, I may be adventurous and give this a try!

Angie All The Way said...

Thanks buddy for your comment ;-)

I'm due to make a batch of something and these look like a good place to start :-)

eurydice said...

this just confirms that i need to make bars immediately - do you happen to have the recipe to the other bars you made - the glo ones? if so, would you please send it to me on fb? thanks!

Life, Health and Fitness said...

Ohh can't wait to make a batch of these!

S. said...

I've been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to make these and today was finally the day. I have to say, they were amazing!! It was so hard to limit myself to just one! My kids approved too. :-)

Jessica said...

Hey Jaime! I tried making these tonight. They're delicious but came out really really sweet. I followed the recipie exactly except I omitted the hemp and swapped out peanut butter for butter (not doing dairy right now). There also seemed to be a lot of the rice syrup on the bottom of them. Any thoughts? Maybe reduce the syrup? Thanks!!

Jessica said...

PS - These were fabulously easy to make. I love how quick they are to do!

Jessica said...

Granola Getaways recipes will usually cost you less and be healthier than prepackaged granolas available from grocery and health food stores.

All Natural Granola

Michelle said...

Just made my first batch, first of many!! They are delicious. Much better than the one I had at Starbucks that made me look for a recipe! My husband will be lucky if there are any left for him to try!!

Thanks a bunch

nilan pell said...

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