Granola bars

I was on the look out for homemade snacks when I stumbled upon Ina Garten’s recipe for granola bars.   The recipe appeared do-able and based on comments left by readers, I felt confident to make use of my pantry ingredients and not to have to follow the recipe to the word.

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I omitted salt, as I find that I’m always parched after eating store-bought granola bars.   Tasty, crunchy and chewy treats.  Fabulous!  Here is the modified recipe.

Ingredients: (makes about 16 bars)

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 cup chopped blanched almonds
  • 1/2 cup sesame seed
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried raisins
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 100g butter (I used salted)
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven at 160 degrees
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper
  3. Place the oats, dessicated coconut and chopped almonds onto the baking tray and bake for 10 – 12 minutes in the oven (watch that the coconut doesn’t burn)
  4. Remove the baking tray from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes
  5. Lightly toast the sesame seeds in a pan and leave to cool for a few minutes
  6. In a large bowl, mix the oats, dessicated coconut, chopped almonds, sesame seeds, dried fruits and lemon zest
  7. Place the butter, golden syrup, brown sugar, water and vanilla extract into a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil
  8. Stir the sauce and pour it over the oats mixture
  9. Mix well until the sauce coats the oats, seeds and dried fruits
  10. Line a baking tray (8″ x 12″) with parchment paper
  11. Reduce the heat of the oven to 120 degrees
  12. Tip the oats mixture onto the baking tray.  Press using the back of a greased spoon until the oats mixture is well packed into the tray, pushing against all the sides
  13. Place the tray in the oven and leave to bake for 15 to 20 minutes
  14. Remove the tray from the oven and leave to cool and set for 2 to 3 hours
  15. To serve, cut the granola into bars (size of your choice) in the baking tray (I found the granola held their shape better)
  16. Keep in an airtight container for up to a week

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