Friday, January 6, 2012
I love granola bars. I find them addictive. Actually I love any cereal bar, but always find those packaged ones tooooo sweet. So, when I started making granola bars of which is different from muesli bars, I told myself, no more buying of any sort. Granola bars are baked and eggs are added to help bind it. Ah-ha. When it could be bound with eggs, that means the sugar can be reduced, but not too much, still need the "glue". Muesli bars are bound together with a sugar syrup cooked until soft ball stage, which is why they are sooooooooooooooo sweet. All sugar no egg. Not enough sugar all will come loose. And I'll definitely choose granola over muesli anytime anyday. Being baked with some butter, it is the clear winner for me, LOL.
These were very good, but my 2nd batch isn't that good. The difference was I used BWY's cranberries of which nowadays look huge with open "pores". It didn't make this as good as the one from Ocean Spray. the fragrance is lacking.
There are often grocery coupons for healthier ingredients, so check online before you shop
Pepita and Cranberry Granola Bars
Recipe source: Wendyywy
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup pepita / pumpkin seeds
1 cup cranberries
½ cup sweetened coconut flakes
½ tsp salt
1 small egg (45gm with shell on)
1. Lightly toast coconut flakes on a pan over the stove. (don't forget to toss it all the time to prevent it from burning)
2. Lightly toast pepita in the same pan until they look puffed up.
3. Combine oats, pepita, coconut and cranberries together.
4. Place butter, sugar honey and salt in a pan. Cook on medium heat until the sugar is melted. Pour this over (3)
5. When mixture has turned warm, mix in the egg.
6. Preheat the oven at 160(fan)/180C and fully line an 8 inch square pan with overlaps.
7. Press mixture into pan and bake for 30 minutes.
8. Let the granola cool down totally.
9. Lift granola up from pan (with paper underneath). Cut into preferred sizes.
*If you find it too soft to cut, throw it into the fridge for 30 minutes, it'll be much easier, but this recipe is firm enough to be cut w/o chilling.
I made a double batch and packed them up as gifts for Christmas. Those who received these, I hope you liked them. Healthy and sinful at the same time, LOL.