Thursday, September 8, 2011
My first attempt was using Ina Garten's granola bar recipe. It was very tasty but more crisp than I wanted. I was looking for something that was chewy not the type of bars that tend to fracture molars or chip bicuspids. I went back to the drawing board. Looking at Ina's recipe I spotted a couple changes that I could make that might give me my chewy bars.
First, I reduced the amount of brown sugar called for in the recipe and subbed a little light corn syrup. I reduced the cooking time of the sweet mixture so that they wouldn't form a "hard candy" type glue. I then adjusted down the amount of dry ingredients slightly. The result was just was I was searching for - a chewy granola bar that is hard to resist. In fact, they're so hard to resist that Michael has cleaned about half of them out this morning!
I chose a bulk granola from Sprout's Market which is a local natural food market. I liked the almond and whole grain granola they have in the bulk section. If you don't have access to a natural foods market you can always use old fashioned oats and other whole grains. I also chose some wheat bran to increase the fiber content of my bars to 4.1 grams per serving. That's about 16% of your daily fiber needs! If you want to boost that more, just up the wheat bran amount in your bars.
These are very tasty and the basic recipe can be adjusted to your personal tastes. Don't like the peanuts? Choose dried fruits instead. Cherries, apricots, mango and pineapple are all really great in this granola bar.