Friday, February 18, 2011

Granola Bars

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The only energy bar that I had tasted long back were our own Horlics bars which are majorly made of puffed rice and some nuts. It never impressed me and I really never wanted to have them again.

But lately, I have been seeing a lot of granola bar recipes around in the blogosphere that I got a little too tempted to try it out. Gave it a try last day and fell in love with it. Yummy and filling :)

These can be had as breakfast bars or simply for your 4 o'clock hunger calls. :)

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Ingredients:

Oats - 1 cup
Corn flakes - 1/2 cup
Puffed rice - 1/4 cup
Chopped almonds - 1 tblsp
Chopped Walnuts - 1 tblsp
Raisins - 1 tblsp
Chocolate chips - 1 tblsp
Honey - 1/2 cup
Brown sugar(demerara) - 1/4 cup
Melted butter/vegetable oil - 2 tblsp

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Method:

Toss oats, corn flakes, puffed rice, chopped almonds and walnuts on low flame for ten mins till they become crisp.

Allow it to cool down for a while.

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Take butter, honey and sugar in a sauce pan and mix it on a medium flame until the sugar melts completely and begins to bubble. Switch off the stove when the syrup turns slightly thick.

Immediately add the tossed oats and other ingredients except chocolate chips and mix well until it is completely coated with the syrup.

Spread it evenly on a butter paper. Now add the chocolate chips and press them lightly and cover it with another sheet of butter paper. Press down gently with a rolling pin to make a smooth top. Once you have pressed it down enough to make half an inch thickness, remove the butter paper placed on top and allow it to cool for just a while. Once it comes to room temperature, cut them into bars.

Granola bars are ready to eat, enjoy with your cup of milk :)

This quantity would yield 10 to 12 bars.

Store it in an airtight container.

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Note:

You can use white sugar instead of brown.

If your sugar starts to caramelize while making the syrup, simply add few tsps of water to it and then continue stirring.

The bars might be soft initially, but it would turn slightly crispy after it cools down.

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Tips:

You can use dry fruits of your choice.

Add pistachios, dates, groundnuts etc to make it rich and yummy.

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Written by: Nithya
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52 comments:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Luv these bars anytime....cute clicks, luv those tiny colorful ribbons...Perfect squares and bars u've got!

veena said...

all i can see in ur cooking is lots of patience nitts..!! lovely pics and i think this recipe would be of great use for moms like me !

Ramya said...

Great recipe !! looks soo healthy and yummy..Wud love to have a bite:-)
Awesome clicks..

Priya said...

Feel like having some bars rite now, prefect looking bars Nithya..

The Foodie said...

The bars are looking so crisp and full of goodness.. the table settings and clicks are wonderful.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Mouthwatering bars,I can change my mind seeing your bars,as I dont like them b4 that much ;) pretty :)

kitchen queen said...

lovely crunchy bars

Kalpana Sareesh said...

i dont like these but ur clicks makes me to hv a bite on them..

Rekha shoban said...

perfect bars...nice presentation and clik nithi!

Priti said...

Looks very neat...I am tempted for long now to try these and you are making it more tempting....beautiful clicks

kavitha said...

Looks so yummy..I wont mind to have one right now for my breakfast.As usual love ur clicks dear..awesome work:)

Rekha said...

A good perk up snack... nice clicks :)

Abhilash Pillai said...

last time I deceided not to vissit food blogs as I start feeling hungry... then I decided why to leave the interesting pictures... atleast I can satisfy myself watching them :(

Your version of the so called granola bars looks nice.

Super!!!.. super cook Nithya :)

Prathibha said...

Lovely bars..Its snacks time n I m craving for them now..looks just perfect..:)

Swapna said...

Perfect Granola Bars Nithya:).. Awasome clicks too...

Mangala said...

Great pics and perfect timing of the recipe...I had been searching for a granola bar recipe since long. Just one query though....is it possible to completely eliminate sugar from it so as to make it for diabetics? May be use dates or figs??

Priya Sreeram said...

yes nithya- granola bars have been on my to-do list too for quite some time after perennial blog -hopping; ur clicks have defenitely upped them to the top of my list! lovely

Tina said...

gr8 recipe and clicks...really beautiful.

divya said...

looks absolutely wonderful...I can't take my eyes off these yummy delights...awesome clicks!

shriannalakshmi said...

Easy n healthy too.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Nice click & thanks for a healthy snack

jeyashrisuresh said...

very healthy and yummy bars.You made it very perfect.As usual great pictures

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Nithya one can easily assume after looking at your blog how much passanate you are in making each of your post a perfect creation. Awesome clicks
Bookmarked.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Umm Mymoonah said...

Looks very attractive, a healthy bar to munch any time.

Suja Sugathan said...

Love the clicks, delicious and perfect bars

Fathima said...

Perfect looking Granola Bars and super great clicks!

Vimitha Anand said...

Healthy and stomach filling snack dear...

Sarah Naveen said...

Beautiful..yummy pictures sweetie..

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Yummy, power-packed goodness....

http://krithiskitchen.blogspot.com

Harika's Kitchen said...

Lovely and healthy bars looks delish.

Sush said...

they look perfect!

sanjeeta kk said...

These are my savior when I am travelling long distance with kids. Love the pictures.
Lite Bite

Aruna Manikandan said...

Healthy delicious bars dear....

Gr8 clicks as usual :)

Leena said...

Healthy snacks to munch any time without feeling guilty...awesome presentation...

rpcooks said...

wow, i never thought someone can make these at home! :-) fantastic!

Pavithra said...

These are regular snack to school for Aadavan.. very healthy !!! Love all the pictures..absolutely gorgeous. Cute cup :)

Indymac friends help center said...

as usual healthy bars and amazing pictures.

Panchpakwan said...

Looks so healhty and delicious..

savitha ramesh said...

thats a lovely bar.Iam abig fan of ur clicks.thanks for sharing

Divya Vikram said...

Beautifully presented dear. Makes a healthy breakfast!

shriannalakshmi said...

Nice recipe and nice presentataion.

Usha said...

Looks fabulous!

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious combination
perfect for anytime

Madhavi said...

WOW this granola bars looks divine..yumm!!!

Anuradha said...

Yummy and healthy bars! I just loved it! The complete credit of finishing off all the bars goes to me!!! :P

sweetartichoke.com said...

I love home-made granola bars! Yours is one more recipe that I want to try!
Your picture are fantastic!

Sapthanaa Balachander (Alias) Abilashini said...

this is in my todo list for long.. will grab that soon!! thanks for reminding me !

My cooking experiments said...

I am fond of these bars and urs seems to be a perfect recipe!Can u pls tell me when i shd be adding the choco chips in the recipe.

Eat Hearty said...

These look simply awesome....will definetly try them!!

my said...

I have never liked bars of any kind (not even the bar chocolates). Tried this(for the sake of my husband) and it turned out AWESOME!! Thank you v much for making me fall in love with something as healthy as this...

As a variation, i avoided choco chips etal. and added little pottukadalai when roasting the oats/puffed rice etal...

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