energy granola bars from baking chez moi

fruits and nuts granola bars / Patty's FoodHave I ever mentioned that I like dried fruits and nuts in my granola?  Well, sometimes I do, like this time when they are in my granola bars.  These homemade bars are so much “better than any store bought variety” and they even have, what I think comes from being a French inspired granola bar, a taste of butter in each bite.  Lucky me-  I found another great recipe from this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie Baking project. I also found a great recipe for the month of January that uses up all the leftover bits of dried fruits and nuts in the pantry from holiday baking.  A few leftover Medjool dates from the sticky toffee pudding cake for Christmas..I sliced them up for the granola bars.  I always have rolled oats, fruits, nuts and butter on hand, but had to run out for a jar of brown rice syrup, a very important ingredient that holds the fruits, nuts, coconut, butter and oats together in these bars.  So, now that I have my own big jar of brown rice syrup I guess I’ll be making more granola bars with this wonderful recipe full of healthy tasty ingredients from Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. fruits and nuts granola bars / Patty's FoodJust a few notes on baking Dorie’s energy granola bars; I used an 8″ square pan lined with baker’s sprayed parchment.  I spread the granola bar mixture evenly in the pan before baking.  Right after I took the pan out of the oven I pressed my granola bars down firmly with a spatula and cut into 14 bars when they were cool after about an hour.  For the dried fruits and nuts part of my granola bars, I used a combination of dates, pistachio nuts, cranberries, chia seeds, coconut and pumpkin seeds, just what I had in the pantry. These wholesome bars are very good keepers, wrap in wax paper and store in plastic on the counter, for one week, but they won’t last that long.fruits and nuts granola bars / Patty's FoodPlease check out the other baker’s granola bars at Tuesdays with Dorie.  If you are looking for this recipe and Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan, look no further than fruits and nuts granola bars / Patty's Food

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  1. Denise @There's a Newf in My Soup! says:

    Happy New Year, Patty! Gorgeous photos, as always…

  2. Yours came out so perfect. It is nice to be able to add whatever you have on hand for this recipe. I liked it and think it is a keeper.

  3. Lovie Bernardi says:

    Your bars are lovely. I like the idea of using a smaller pan; the bars are thicker.

  4. Your photos (and bars) are beautiful! I agree that this recipe is a great way to use up the bits in our pantries.

  5. Oh, they look fabulously perfect! Nice to know what they turn out like when you use a different size pan (made note of it in my book, thanks). The combination of ingredients you have looks really wonderful. I guess we will all be making this recipe a few times so we can use our syrup! :-)

  6. Your bars are picture perfect! And the chia seeds are a great addition — totally ramps up the health value! :)

  7. I love the idea of using the brown sugar syrup as a substitute for honey for baking bread. It’s either that, or keep making batches of granola bars… as if it were a bad thing!

  8. These were delish – and yours look so good. Agree that they are a great way of using up odds and ends left over from Christmas – hmmm, I wonder how dried pineapple would go in these ….

  9. I love the golden look of your granola, perfectly baked! Love these granola bars! I agree with you, these bars are great to use up all the bits and pieces of dried fruits and nuts, from the pantry!

  10. Dorie’s Baking Chez Moi is another cookbook that I’d love to add to my collection. These energy bars look wonderful and I love a delicious and healthy portable snack when I’m on the go. I have to admit I’ve never seen brown rice syrup but I’m adding it to my grocery list today! I’ve used brown rice flour which I love. Hope to try these soon.

  11. Your bars look good Patty. Really nice photos. I like your add ins too.

  12. I also used a different sized pan that made them thicker! And you can use corn syrup and golden syrup combo if you don’t have rice syrup (though I am heading out to buy some this weekend!). Your photos are gorgeous!

  13. Happy New Year to you, Patty!
    We love homemade power bars and these look wonderful!

  14. Your bars look delicious and your pictures are wonderful!

  15. I’m always on the lookout for a snack that is sweet yet still has healthy nuts, fruits and grains to satisfy my afternoon snack attack. These French Energy Granola Bars are a welcome addition to my snack recipes!

  16. Your granola bars look so perfect and tasty-delicious, Patty! I’m looking up this recipe in my copy of Baking Chez Moi! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. :)

  17. I love these- they’re gorgeous! So many good things all in a little portable package. I’m pretty sure I can find all kinds of yummies to put in them. :)

  18. Happy New Year, Patty!! Your bars look fabulous! Nice to know these are not just delicious, but healthy too! These were really enjoyed in my house! Although I didn’t use the brown rice syrup…a must for next time!

  19. I am always snacking on bars and I just love the idea of making your own at home. Thanks for sharing this recipe. They look delicious!

  20. Great presentation. I do love the feel of your blog, it’s very inviting and calm.
    Your bars also look like they turned out fabulously.

  21. Beautiful photos and bars. I like how versatile these are; great pantry clean-up recipe. Will be making more very soon!

  22. Perfect granola energy bars. It’s nice to know that we can change the ingredients around with whatever we have available and they would still be good. I love reading your posts, so interesting.

  23. These look SO good, Patty! Time to hunt down some brown rice syrup. Need to get organized so I can jump on the BCM bandwagon!!!

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