Thursday, January 15, 2015

Granola Energy Bars - Baking Chez Moi

Per Nana~
These granola bars are definitely better than store bought. 
I was very excited to find a package of raw seeds containing
 a combination of pumpkin and sunflower seeds only.
 Some of the other packages had a variety of seeds, some of 
which I had never heard of.  For the dried fruit I used golden raisins 
and snipped apricots. Baking the oats with the slivered almonds and seeds
 gave off such a delicious aroma that I knew this would be a winner. The
 hardest part of the whole recipe was waiting the 3 hours for the 
granola to set up, but it was well worth the wait. 
The bars are incredible.
 Jim and I really enjoyed them. 
Per Tricia~
I was tickled that I ended up with this recipe the week the boys went 
back to college. Yes, they were packed right up - right after we tasted a couple. 
They did not disappoint and frankly, I was tickled to find a recipe for these. 
I had not thought to make them at home but they were truly a snap
 to knock out. I also chuckled when I read Dorie's instructions to
 "press down with authority" prior to cooling. I even read it out loud 
to my husband, explaining that this is why I appreciate her 
cookbooks so much. It is like having her right there along side. 
I selected dried strawberries and apricots for this first effort  but 
also stockpiled dried blueberries and raisins in order to make some 
more right away......yes, they are that good !


  1. Both versions look delicious! And I hope the boys appreciated them!

  2. "Press down with authority" made me laugh out loud too! Aren't these fab? Making more this weekend!

  3. I feed my first batch to the birds…I made a bad syrup choice! Your bars look fabulous…glad you both enjoyed them! I love the choice of Strawberries…sounds yummy!

  4. I'm going to have to try these. I like that they are flexible on the fruit and nut choices. Yum!

  5. What a nice treat to send back with your loved ones. Strawberries sound like a great option for the fruit. I may have to try that next time.

  6. I enjoyed these, too, and definitely liked being told to "Push down with authority." It was exactly the right way to describe the technique. I added chocolate chips which melted in the warm rice syrup but it didn't seem to matter. I can see that experimentation is possible for this recipe!

  7. Funny - I read the "press down with authority" comment out loud to my husband too! We also loved these and I can see making them again and again.

  8. Looking good! I pressed down with authority, tried to break a little sweat or at least get my heart rate up...I will make these granola bars grandsons loved them :)

  9. These were easy and good. Definitely better than store bought. Have a great week.

  10. Perfect timing Tricia - great snack to send the kids back to school with! Both versions look delish. And the dried strawberry.. I bet that was fabulous. I'll have to try that next, if I can find them.