Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Just bee yourself*

I am getting ready to pack up for Youth Conference (Palmyra, NY again after 17 years) and I decided to make some granola bars for the trip.

I got this recipe from Pinterest and Chewy and I love it (I've tried a different granola bar recipe that was not a win in our household).

I have slightly modified it because melting white chocolate chips and drizzling them did not work.  No matter how I melted them, they clumped together and refused to drizzle.

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup honey (or brown rice syrup or light corn syrup)
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 (plus up to 4 tablespoons) whole wheat pastry flour
     (or all-purpose - next time I want to try almond flour)
1 square vanilla almond bark

Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.  Set aside. - NOTE I did not have parchment paper and the first time I used wax paper - no bueno.  The second and third time I didn't use any.  I sprayed the pan with Pam Baking (with flour) and it was just fine.

In a large mixing bowl combine the butter, syrup, brown sugar and granulated sugar.  Heat on high in the microwave for 1 minute.  Remove and stir and repeat cooking on high for another minute.  Remove from the microwave and stir again.  Cook for one more minute (for a total of 3) but watch the mixture closely as it may boil and bubble over if not watched. 

Add the vanilla, cinnamon, cream of tartar, and salt.  Stir until combined.  Add the oats folding until incorporated.  Add the flour in three portions taking care to mix well after each addition.  If the mixture is still very wet and sticky, add more flour one tablespoon at a time. 

Press the mixture into the prepared pan and refrigerate for an hour to set.  

Remove from the  pan.  Melt the almost bark on low heat, then spread over the granola bars.  Cut into desired size.  

A word on the granola bars.  I actually didn't fall in love with them at first bite...or second or third.  Chewy wouldn't even eat any because they didn't look all that good.  But the second time I made them, they looked and tasted better and I practically had to hide them from Chewy

1 comment:

J, K, L, and D said...


I may have to try those...


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