Wednesday, January 14, 2015

TWD ~ Baking Chez Moi ~ Granola Energy Bars

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
A winner in my house!

25 comments:

  1. Great photos! Honey-brown sugar syrup sounds delicious!

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  2. LOL on your daughter's comment re the brown rice syrup...so funny. Kudos to you for sticking with it and getting a perfect product! And yours are perfect!! Lovely photos. Winner at our house as well. :-)

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  3. Beautiful photos. I used cranberries and apricots as well and thought they were delicious. I'll have to keep that honey-brown sugar syrup in mind for future batches.

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  4. I love that you gave the old bars to the squirrels and birds. My husband is always brutally honest with my cooking but luckily he loved these. Homemade is so much better, the fun of this group.

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  5. I just love your photos, and the fact that you stuck with it!!! Beautiful photos.

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  6. Your photos are beautiful! I used Lyle's Golden Syrup - it worked and tastes great. I did stop at the health food store the other day and found the brown rice syrup, so I will be making them again with that. Sorta hesitant to mess with a good thing though! ;)

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  7. Your bars look fantastic, way to keep going until you got it right. I ended up using honey from our neighbors bees and the bars turned out great. Next time I'll find some brown rice syrup.

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  8. Oh Kathy... what a good chuckle. Now I'm afraid the birds and squirrels will stick around for more snacks. The honey brown sugar syrup sounds delicious... more than the brown rice one!

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  9. Ono - sorry about the first round. I am glad you tried them again, because these granola bars were sooo good.

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  10. I love your photos! The colour of your bars are simply beautiful! I'm so glad that you've decided to try them the second time. Brown rice syrup is a new ingredient for me, and will be looking out for it. I like the sound of honey-brown sugar syrup, not sure whether have I seen it here before!

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  11. Hi Kathy!
    You are so funny, I'm glad you persevered and mastered these granola bars. They are so good, right? I'll be making another batch soon, my grandkids loved them ;)

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  12. Sorry you had to go through two rounds! I debated over cherries or cranberries to go with my apricots - had both leftover from the holidays. Cranberries next time! I promise your husband will love the next recipe with his coffee ;-)

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  13. Your granola bars look delicious. So glad you tried a second time and got better results. I bet you had some happy creatures in your back yard. When I was growing up my grandmother used to feed her baking goods that weren't perfect to the birds. I have such fond memories of that, I've kept it up through the years.

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  14. There is a bottle of malt syrup on my pantry shelf and thanks to you, it will stay there the next time I make these bars! However, I may pull out some honey or sorghum and try mixing that with the rice syrup.

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  15. What delicious looking bars, I would love to have some for when I go to uni :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  16. I never heard of brown rice syrup before but did find it at Wegman's. Your bars look great, good for
    you for doing over to perfection. I am sure the birds loved the first batch.

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  17. How funny! Those were lucky squirrels and birds in your yard. I'm glad you second batch was delicious. I was going to make these along with TWD/BCM as my first recipe, but now maybe I'll jump in with the next one, the cake.

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  18. Yum! I bet the honey brown sugar was great. I've only used malt syrup to make bread and it definitely has a distinctive taste. Glad to see it worked out in the end.

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  19. Your granola bars look perfect! I will be making these again and again too. No need to worry about the rest of my brown rice syrup going to waste!

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  20. I have the cookbook and want to do the #BakingChezMoi. I did the recipe today and baked for 30 minutes. I think it was too long. How long did you bake yours?

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  21. After reading other BCM comments, I might just have to try these! And then I will need to do something healthy - like hike - so I can use them!

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  22. The squirrels and birds had a wonderful treat! I will have to check out Ina's honey and brown sugar recipe. I used maple syrup which was pretty good. Great photos of your bars, Kathy!

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