Monday, May 05, 2008

Granola Bars

I've been looking for a good granola bar recipe for awhile. I've tried several that were okay and finally found one I could work with to make it into something PeterC and I can enjoy. The original recipe was graciously provided by someone on Homesteading Today. Below you will find my adaptation of it.

Granola Bars

4 cps Oat flakes, or a mix of Oat, Kamut, & Spelt Flakes equal to 4 cps
1 cp Shredded Coconut
1 1/2 cps chopped or sliced nuts (any combination of nuts works)

2 cps dried fruit, chop larger pieces like dates and apricots (any combination works)
1/2 cp flour
1/2 tsp salt

3 eggs
3/4 cp honey or maple syrup (we prefer half and half)

Mix flakes, coconut, and nuts in a large roasting pan. The larger the pan the thinner the layer and the better the ingredients toast. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes mixing about half way through to evenly toast the ingredients. Allow mixture to cool an hour or more.

Combine flake mixture, flour, fruit, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well to evening coat everything with flour.

In a small bowl combine eggs and honey/ maple syrup. Mix well until eggs are slightly beaten. Pour over mixture in the bowl and mix very well by hand. It will be sticky.

Line a deep cookie sheet, or jelly roll pan, with parchment paper, making sure the paper covers the sides as well. Pour the mixture onto the cookie sheet and press it down firmly to fill the cookie sheet as evenly as possible. Try to compress the mixture as much as possible to help the bars bind together after baking. Keep your hands damp to prevent the mixture from sticking to them too badly.

Bake at 350º for 30 minutes. The edges will have just started to brown. Remove from the oven and using the parchment paper lift the giant bar onto a cutting board. Cut into 3/4" x 3 " bars while they are hot then allow to cool completely, if you can, before eating.

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