Meet the Perfect Granola Bar…
You want a granola bar with just the right crunch and just the right chewiness.
Maybe you want one that doesn’t have a lot oats, but has plenty of fruit (or no fruit at all); milk chocolate instead of dark, and a lot more nuts (or not)!
You want a bar that doesn’t go to pieces when it is hot out so you can stuff it in your purse, your kid’s lunchbox or take it backpacking.
You can control ingredients for your food sensitivities (read: make it gluten-free)
You don’t want to heat up the oven to do it!
And you want to “know” what’s in the thing, too!
This isn’t your ordinary, bland oat-filled bar… we are talking gourmet! Dare I say sexy?
A bit of history…
I am an incorrigible do-it-yourselfer! So because my large family loves granola bars, I just had to figure out how to make a bar that tasted better than those sweetened oat things that you buy in the store. I mean, who can stand those for very long!?
So I began poking around my old recipe box and found one that sort of did the right thing but not quite. I did some major tweaking and LOTS of experimenting to come up with a template for the perfect granola bar.
The beauty of the recipe template is that it allows you to use just about any combination of sticky binder like honey, corn syrup, or rice syrup.
Then add your favorite blend of dried and crunchy things like oats (or not), rice cereal, pretzels, nuts and seeds, even ready-made trail mix or granola. Also, add coconut and dried fruit like raisins, cranberries, blueberries – you choose.
To make them extra special, you can add yummy things like chocolate, coffee, spices and flavors.
This way you can make a traditional granola bar with oats, nuts and seeds. Or try Just Nuts, an all nut version.
Do you like white chocolate and cranberries? Cranberry White Chocolate Crunch bars are the bomb!
Or add in chocolate and coffee to make a “mocha” bar – see Mocha Almond Crunch or Triple Chocolate
Anyone love Ginger Snaps? You have to try Ginger Crunch bars with cranberries and white chocolate.
Those were just a few of our favorites. But maybe you'd like something different?
The thing is, you are free to explore with this recipe.
I am excited to offer this “designer recipe” and hope you gain inspiration to make your own perfect granola bar.
Oh, and these are a no-bake granola bar, too. Thought you’d like that.
So, just what is in this thing? Let’s take a look!
- Honey - the perfect natural binder and our binder of choice for many years.
- Honey/corn syrup blend – Sometimes honey’s sweetness is overpowering. So to tone it down, you can use a 50/50 blend.
- Molasses, Maple Syrup, Rice syrup add nice flavors
- Nut butters, like peanut or almond
- Oats – rolled or old fashioned work best.
- Something crunchy – crispy rice cereal, Nutty Rice™, Chex™, bulk granola mixes, bulk trail mixes, broken pretzels – anything you like to add a yummy crunch to your bar.
- Almonds, Peanuts or your favorite – Raw or roasted. We prefer almonds over peanuts, what can I say?
- Coconut – shredded or raw curls – I can’t think of any bar without coconut.
- Dried fruit – raisins, cranberries, cherries, acai, blueberries, etc. But keep in mind - moist fruit will make the bars soggy pretty soon. So the drier the fruit the longer the bar will last.
- Seeds: sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flax or sesame - you choose – raw or roasted
The bottom line is: this is your bar, your way!