Granola for snack, granola on the go, granola before a workout, granola after a work out, we consume a lot of granola bars in our household. So I have many variations on the bar that I like to try, I still buy the store bought ones for on the go, as they are individually wrapped. One thing I need to learn and get into is wrapping my food better, I hate it to just be put in a zip lock, I want it to look desirable, not sad. Something I will definitely be exploring this year. Some people really know how to package gifts, especially edible gifts. They are done to a perfection, all you want to do is open the wrapper and devour it. Delicate, feminine things always catch my eye, and I really admire people who have a keen eye for finer details. As far as I am concerned, I stick to the basics, no extra frills. Maybe it’s time to explore that a bit …any pointers in that direction, will be awesome.
Before I forget, a lot of people ask me about the smoke. Yes! it’s real.
There are so many variations to this, I want to list all of them. ( trust me it’s more for me than you guys, as I always forget and it’s great to have a reference)
21/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp molasses (if using black strap just 1/2 or 1) as it’s pretty strong
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup almond butter or peanut butter or another nut butter
1 1/2 vanilla extract to almond extract
1 cup dried fruit
Almond butter is really easy to make, as you saw in my last post, find the recipe here.
candied ginger ( works great with molasses)
omit if you so not like molasses ( bar will be less chewy)
add chocolate chips, m&ms
add flax seed
add sesame seed
nuts: pea nuts, pecan, walnuts, hazel nuts, cashew nut, mixed nut
When I add candied ginger, I add lemon extract instead of vanilla extract and add apricots and candies oranges too. It’s nice and fruity. Dried figs works very well too.
Instead of millets you can add shredded coconut 1 cup or a mix of sesame and fax seed.
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp star anise powder
1 tsp powdered cardamom
1 tsp nutmeg
1tsp all spice
Line 8X10 baking dish (preferably square) with parchment paper, make sure you oil both sides of the parchment. Mix oats, millet, dry coconut and nuts and bake for 10 min, till it is roasted. make sure you keep mixing in between. Transfer to a bowl. In a sauce pan heat butter, almond butter, molasses and honey for a min, till the butter is dissolved. ( I could drink this as a beverage).
Remove and add to the roasted oats, along with vanilla, dried fruits, mix well. Pour into prepared dish, pat with wet hands, firmly. Bake for 18-20 min. Let it cool for an hour, cut into rectangles or squares and wait for it to cool completely, store in air tight container. The whole process, takes about an hour. (except the cooling)