Updated: Jul 26, 2020
There are many recipes that tell you about how to make 'granola bars' and truth be told I haven't had too much luck with that but every granola bar fail makes the most amazing granola.
I've tried making different styles of granola bars with honey, with maple syrup, with date syrup, with coconut oil, with canola oil, with butter with cane sugar with white sugar with coconut sugar and none of them have given me the gorgeous bars I see on YouTube.
Yesterday early morning I made a batch of granola bars following the recipe to the T but it just fell apart. I tried Jenny Can Cook recipe which seemed very easy to watch.
Jenny's Recipe 2.5 cups rolled oats 2 Tablespoons brown sugar 1/4 cup flaked sweetened coconut 1 cup of “extras” - I like chopped nuts/berries 1/3 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
But mine fell apart and I got homemade granola which was gorgeous as well.
Then in the night I added 2/3 cups of sugar, 1 cup of peanut butter and half a cup of oats because it started getting too sticky— but then I got dessert!
The essence of Granola really is what oats you use, what sweetener, binder (fat) and condiments you use as Jenny says "extras" and flavours.
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I still haven't gotten perfect at Granola bars but if you leave out the butter and sugar and are ok to have granola which relies purely on the natural sweetness of the berries and raisins you've added then this is diabetic friendly too.
Simplified Granola (Roast For 20s minutes in 180C) 3 cups of Rolled Oats, 1 cup of nuts/seeds (walnuts, almonds, cashews, pumpkin, melon seeds, etc) 1/3 cup vegetable oil (coconut, avocado, canola) 1/3 cup honey/maple syrup/date syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Aside: Bake it on parchment paper so clean up is easier) Once there's an aroma (not too much, otherwise that would burn). Cool and add 1 cup of berries (blue berries, cranberries, raisins etc). Store in an airtight container.
Hope this recipe helps you. Also do note, that Granola isn't cheap to make at home a store bought granola bar or a granola cereal will give you a lot more than your moneys worth, but in my experience that includes a lot of chemicals and sugars which when made at home, you don't even have access to. What I do is make a batch of granola per month and I buy the ingredients in bulk so it lasts me for a very long time.
Enjoy making your homemade granola. Stay safe will catch you in the next blog.
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