Multigrain Energy Bars
I found an interesting web site, where the users are trying to eat more whole grains, like me: WholeGrainGourmet. This is a web site for recipes, yes, but they also have a forum where they discuss whole grain lifestyle things. I'll monitor it awhile and see if it is worth joining.
Today I tried one of their recipes, the one that brought me to the site in the first place. I was trying to find a recipe for a granola bar, something new to try, besides my favourite so far, Girli's Groovy Granola Bar. This one, a Multigrain Energy Bar, looked promising.
I didn't have all the ingredients that the recipe required. Some of the dried fruit I switched for dried fruit that I had on hand, most of it was fruit that I had dehydrated myself: so, instead of using dried cherries, dried blueberries, and dried apricots, I used dried papaya, dried pears, and dried mangos. I also used an 8 grain cereal that I bought at Arva Flour Mills, instead of the 7 grain cereal that the recipe calls for.
The recipe is a good one, but the taste is mostly peanut butter and honey, rather than grains: a little too sweet and gummy for my taste. So I still prefer Girli's Granola Bar recipe. I will admit though, that this one holds together very nicely, and without using the oven much.
I gather the ingredients: all here except for vanilla and the boiling water
Broiled the oats and almonds for about 6-7 minutes
I cut the dried fruit, and the pulsing food processor did nothing more to them
Dry ingredients are mixed together
The water is boiled, and the 8 grain cereal is added
I boiled it for about 2-3 minutes
Then I added the peanut butter and honey
I put it back on the heat
And stirred it on medium heat for 7 minutes
Add it to the granola mix
It is fairly hot and they want you to mix it by hand: I think a spatula works just fine
Press it down in a pan, and let it sit for 2 hours before cutting
Notes to Myself
- What else besides peanut butter can be used to put together grains in this way? You need something that can be a bit liquid and gluey when warmed, and yet congeals and hardens when at room temperature. This is why corn syrup is used, I bet; and marshmallows, as in rice krispie squares -- but there are reasons why I don't like to use either of those. It is not that I don't like peanut butter, but here it dominates too much of the taste. What else, what else?
- Here is the recipe of the above bar, for those who don't like to follow links:
- 1/4 c each almonds, sesame seeds, dried cherries, dried currants, dried blueberries, dried apricots (see notes above for my alternatives)
- 1/2 c 7 grain cereal (or 8 grain cereal)
- 2 c rolled oats
- 1/2 c honey
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 c organic peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- toast oats, almonds, under low broiler (at 500 degrees F, about 5-6 min.)
- chop dried fruits to small diced pieces (I found the food processor didn't mince them)
- Mix dry ingredients in large bowl by hand
- boil 1/2 c water, add 7 or 8 grain cereal, stir and remove, rest 2 min.
- Add peanut butter, honey, salt, vanilla to the pan and stir on med heat 7 min.
- Add to dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly with spatula (this might be too hot to combine by hand)
- Press hard into 8x8 pan (no need to butter pan); press down with spatula
- Rest 2 hours, cut into bars and freeze until use.