Granola Bars: lunch a porter

Date gennaio 24, 2010

This is the second issue of my cooperation with Mettiamocilatesta.it, in search of lunch boxes and snack, paying attention to ingredients’ quality and cooking process simplicity. This is our saying: EAT QUALITY FOOD, EAT WITH CREATIVITY, as previously stated in the other recipe, rice with vegetables. Mettiamocilatesta.it is having a great success so it’s time to give quality food to our guys, they deserve it!

If you don’t have time to sit down and have a proper meal and the only thing you can do is drive your teeth into a snack, don’t be pleased with a snack full of preservatives, artificial food dyes, sugar and fats. Our quest is to find something healthy, a snack of good quality and amazing taste: we’re going to make our own granola bars, a way better than the snacks you can buy in most of the shops.

Last week I found on Meeta’s blog, Whatsforluchhoney, a recipe for granola bars, love at first sight again, and after a stormy raid  in our local organic shop, I finally made my granola bars with cranberries and cherries, making a few changes on the original recipe.

Ingredients:

  • oat flakes, 100 gr
  • rice flakes, 50 gr
  • wheat germ, 50 gr
  • sunflower seeds, 100 gr
  • sesame seed, 50 gr
  • hazelnuts, 60 gr
  • dried fruit, 120 gr (cherries+ cranberries + raisins)
  • cane sugar, 100 gr
  • honey*, 3 tablespoons
  • butter, 100 gr
  • vanilla salt, 1 teaspoon

(*) I used linden and blackberry bush honey.

Preheat oven to 160°C and toast cereals and seeds together with hazelnuts for about 10 minutes. In the meanwhile, melt butter with sugar and honey, stirring frequently: you’ll obtain a thick, with a shade of dark amber and a yummy smell hard to resist (but, believe me, resisit! If you dip a finger into this syrup you’ll burn yourself, Juls’ word!)

Remove cereals and seeds from the oven, chop roughly hazelnuts and add dried fruits and a teaspoon of vanilla salt to the syrup: stir well.

Line a baking tin with baking paper (I crumpled up a paper sheet and put it under runing water, then I wringed it out and lined the baking tin with it), tip the mixture into it and press down. Help yourself with a wet baking paper and press it till a 1 cm thickness.

Bake for about 30 minutes. Let it cool down completely before removing it from the baking tin since it will be still quite soft just removed from the oven. Slice and cut into bars.

Wrap each bar into baking paper and store into an airtight container. Grab a bar in the morning and face with energy your working day. The bar is crunchy thanks to cereals and honey, while dried fruit makes it  chewy and sweet: a perfect mix. I’ll try other versions for sure: with dark or with chocolate, dried apricots, poppy seeds, candied lemon…

They give their best the day after – ask to my father – so try to save a few of them!

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10 Responses to “Granola Bars: lunch a porter”

  1. The Cooking Ninja said:

    Those looks deliciously good. I’m going to book mark both and make them for my SIL n MIL when they are back.

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  2. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said:

    I love making my own granola bars… Yours look wonderful and healthy, too!

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  3. Giulia said:

    @ CookingNinja: great idea!!
    @ Jen: They are healthy: all the cereals are organic, and honey is produced a few km from my house!

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  4. diva@The Sugar Bar said:

    gorgeous granola bars Juls! :) u make me wanna make some too. do i spy sesame seeds in there? LOVELY!

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  5. Fuji Mama said:

    YUM! These look fabulous! They look way better than store bought bars–especially since you can customize them to include your favorite ingredients!

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  6. Diana@Spain in Iowa said:

    Juls, These are fabulous! I’ve never made my own granola bars and you have just inspired me. Thank you!!

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  7. Giulia said:

    @ Diva: it is! seeds and seeds of sesame! i do love it!
    @ Fuji Mama: exactly! I can customize them: yesterday, for example, I made almond and papaya granola bar, delicious!
    @ Diana: don’t thank me for the inspiration! someone else inspired me! and it is a very positive inspirational chain, isn’it?!

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