|TWD ~ BCM Granola Energy Bars|
My daughter is the granola maker in our family! Since she had her children, she has always tried to control the amount of junk food they eat, always providing them with home made and healthy snacks! She even made homemade teething biscuits for them, when they were infants. I on the other hand, have never tried to concoct a batch of granola! I’ve thought about it a few times, but it always seemed too time consuming, and not worth the effort! After all, there are so many varieties available at the grocery store. Boy was I wrong!! I can thank TWD~BCM for my change of heart!
This week Granola Energy Bars were on the schedule. Dorie claims these bars are better than store-bought, and she is absolutely right! For me, it was all about controlling the amount of sugar and add-ins, that made them so tasty! However, it didn’t come easy!
|Second time was a charm|
These bars are fairly effortless! Roasting the oatmeal, and almonds for five minutes. Then adding pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, then baking for another 3 to 5 minutes. Pour this mixture into a large bowl and mix in whatever fruit mixture you are using (apricots, and cranberries for me)! Sounds easy enough so far, doesn’t it? Ok, this is where I got into trouble! I had never heard of Brown-Rice syrup. I decided it probably wouldn’t make a difference if I substituted another syrup, that I already had in my pantry. I Googled granola bar recipes, to see what I could substitute. I read that Barley Malt syrup would work fine…so that’s what I did. The taste was strong and not sweet enough. I also let it boil a bit too long, I don’t know if that mattered, but the resulting granola bars were terrible! The lack of flavor and sweetness was dreadful! My husband took one first…go figure! He just said “good”! That didn’t sound like a resounding endorsement! After I ate one, I looked at him and said “these are terrible”…and he said, “I was waiting for you to say that”! Let me just say that the squirrels and birds are enjoying those bars this morning!
I called my daughter, and asked if she had ever heard of Brown-rice syrup. "Of course", she said, “That’s what I use for my Granola bars”.
I knew, with my
anal-retentive perfectionist personality, I wasn’t going to let this one slide! Again, I turned to Google
and found several recipes that used a honey, brown sugar syrup. So early
this morning, I started the Granola Energy Bars one more time! This time I used
the honey-brown sugar syrup that I found at the Barefoot Contessa. It worked
wonderfully, and the granola was fabulous! However, since I will be making
these wonderful snack bars again, I will be buying a bottle of Brown Rice
Syrup! By the way…my hubby loved these (too bad for the squirrels and birds)!
These Energy Granola Bars can be found in Dorie Greenspans new cookbook, “Baking Chez Moi”. To see what the other bakers thought of these bars check it out at the TWD site.
|These were utterly delicious…so much better than store bought|