Have 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. Just 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.Please 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 Amazon.com.
energy granola bars from baking chez moi
January 13, 2015 · 23 Comments