Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Easy Granola Bars



These bars use no refined white sugar and no white flour. The most important part about making any homemade granola bar is that you know what is in them. Granola bars are also a great way to feed kids nuts. Mikey can easily eat half of the picture above in one day. He loves these things! We've even nicknamed them, "Mikey Bars." I would never let him eat that many packaged granola bars.

I have made this recipe with and without soaking the oats and nuts and it's good either way. Read how to soak oats here and nuts here. If I use the nuts within three days, I don't dry them, but if I am drying the oats, I'll throw the nuts on the cookie pan too. Again, you can skip this step, it makes little difference to the taste but is much healthier for the body.

1 cup rolled oats (soaking is optional)
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) melted butter
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts any combination of almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, or walnuts (soaking is optional)
1/3 cup milk or water (only use when soaking and drying oats, do not double)

If I soaked the oats and nuts overnight, I dry them in a 300 degree oven for about an hour or until the oats are crisp again. If I soak and dry a lot of oats it can take a lot longer. Some people use a dehydrator. I flip the oats and crumble them with my fingers a couple times during the process. I always turn off the oven when I leave the house. It doesn't hurt them to dry them some and then let them sit for a bit. I have also made this recipe with the soaked but not dried oats and nuts. It made for a more moist bar and I definitely don't use the 1/3 cup milk.

Mix with oats, 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour, 1/4 cup finely chopped mixed nuts or processed in a food processor for a very fine chop, 3 tablespoons honey, 1/4 cup melted butter, and 1/3 cup milk if I soaked and dried my oats.

Butter an 8x8 square baking dish or something similar.

Pour mixture evenly into the dish and spread flat.

Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until the sides turn golden brown and pull away from the edges of the baking dish.

Let cool on the counter before cutting bars.

These bars help us avoid processed snack food. Enjoy!

Try my Easy Granola Bars II recipe here.

7 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your helpful recipes. I have the book, Nourishing Traditions, which has a lot of info about soaking nuts/grains, but for some reason I often feel overwhelmed trying to follow her recipes. Your recipes are broken down simply and I find the links helpful from start to finish. I want to try this recipe, but I am wondering... have you made this with soaked flour? I'm assuming it would change the recipe instructions.... ? --GC in Florida

Thais said...

Hi GC,

Glad to hear you're enjoying the recipes! I haven't soaked the flour for this recipe. I wonder how these bars would turn out? I'll have to remember to give it a try next time.

Bon Appetit,
Thais

virginie said...

hi, I want to try your granola bars, they look delicious, but I didn't get well the quantities : if you soak and dry oats and nuts, then you dubble the quantities ... of the oats and nuts, or everything? And drying nuts 1h is enough? Ps : I will tell you how they turned out. Btw I tried to soak and dry the oats but they don't look as great as yours, they were all glued together...

Spinach and Honey said...

Virginie - I suggest measuring 1 cup dried oats and soak and dry them. How ever much that measures out to be after they are dry, use that amount. The important part to remember is to start with 1 cup dried oats. (I removed that line about double recipe; too confusing.)

Regarding drying your oats, make sure to crumble them with your hands during baking. And, yes, if I dry a small amount like 1 cup, they are done in an hour.

Thanks for your comment and let me know if anything else comes up.

virginie said...

Hi,
I made the granolas last week before I read your comment, so I doubled oats and used 2 cups - the rest the same as your recipe. Me and my husband really liked it, but it was a little to dry for my son, I guess because to much oats. I will try to do it again with 1 cup oats.

Sam said...

do you have a recipe for plain old granola, not made into bars, with soaked oats? i wonder if i can just replace the oats in any regular granola recipe with soaked ones, or if it changes things somehow.
thanks!

Thais of Spinach and Honey said...

Hi Sam - Yes I just posted a granola recipe that I love.

http://www.spinachandhoney.com/2009/06/homemade-granola-with-soaked-oats-and.html

I do think that you could do all the soaking and use an existing recipe. The liquids like the oils might be a little less because the oats won't absorb as much since they've been soaked and dried already.

Happy cooking!

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