Tuesday, January 13, 2015

TWD: "Baking Chez Moi" - Granola Energy Bars

Our challenge today was to make these yummy Granola bars. They were very tasty but I like my recipe better, which is the one I have listed below...

4 ripe bananas,
 (peels should be brown with touches of yellow)
1/4 cup real maple syrup
2 Tablespoon honey
2 cups whole rolled oats
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds 
(you could used pine nuts)
1/4 cup mixed nuts
1/4 cup dried fruits 
(we used cranberries, currents and dates)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon 
Dash of nutmeg
1/4 cup chocolate chips (we mixed milk chocolate, white chocolate and peanut butter chips)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Using a potato masher, mash the bananas in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the syrup and honey, and stir to combine. Add all the other ingredients, Mix thoroughly till well incorporated. 

Lightly coat a 9 x13 baking pan with shorting, (Lard would have been used back then), Press the banana-oat mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from oven and cut into bars. We make ours about 2x4. Remove from pan, turn over and allow to cool completely on a paper towel or cooling rack to avoid soggy bottoms. Store in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator. Most recipes say you can keep them for about a week, but ours didn't last that long.

We got 24 bars from our batch and they cost us about .22 cents a bar to make. They would have been cheaper but we used real maple syrup and dried currents.

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