I made granola bars!
In the past I have made granola bars by using honey as a sweetener and eggs to hold the crumbly oat mixture together. I used to cook them in a glass bakeware dish and then cut them once they came out…but the granola bars never turned out how I would have liked them to turn out. They always ended up like granola chunks instead of actual bars…they were tasty…but just not a convenient “to-go” snack.
A few weeks ago I found a recipe on Bitter Sweet called “Spiced Date Bars”. The bars were actually bars and the recipe was free of gluten, dairy, refined sugars and a whole lot of other foods!
Yesterday I finally got around to making the recipe, however I modified it quite a lot. I should have written down the measurements of my ingredients, but I was a little skeptical that my variation would actually work…to my surprise everything turned out great, so the next time I make them I’ll make sure to write down what I’m doing, and I’ll then post my variation up.
For now though, click here to try out the Bitter Sweet recipe for the Spiced Date Bars!
These are how my bars turned out:
Instead of dates I used prunes and jumbo raisins. I added soy flour to hold them together a bit more and for added protein. I also combined pumpkin seeds, soy nuts and cranberries into the oat mixture. In the Bitter Sweet recipe it doesn’t involve baking, but in my variation I did use the oven at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes until the crisped up and became golden brown.