Bowl me over, Granola… Take #1

In search of the perfect granola bar…

The mind tends to naturally associate granola = healthy. For the most part, yes, but a lot of the recipes out there are loaded with sugar and fat along with all the good stuff. My friend Cath and I are on a mission to find/create/invent the perfect lightened-up Granola Bar. Test Kitchen is open for business!

Recipe #1:

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Hypothesis:

With all the yummy, crunchy nuts and seeds with the pliancy factor of the dried fruit, we expect a granola bar with a balanced mix of crunch and chew.

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Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ½ cup nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew), preferably all natural
  • ½ cup roughly chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachio, cashew, pecan, macadamia)
  • ¼ cup seeds (sunflower, sesame, poppy, chia)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup dried, unsweetened fruit (cranberry, cherry, apricots, papaya, mango, raisin, strawberry, blueberry)
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line an 8×8 in. baking pan with parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with the back of a fork. Stir in the nut butter until well combined.
  3. Add the oats, chopped nuts, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate, cinnamon, and coconut.
  4. Stir until everything is well combined. The batter will be very, very wet, but it will still bake
  5. Spread the batter evenly into your prepared baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. The top should be slightly browned and give a little when pressed.
  6. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars; this is important. Store wrapped tightly in a container or in the refrigerator.

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Verdict:

Taste-wise, these granola bars ticked all the right boxes, but texture-wise they were a bit confused. Not chewy or crunchy; more like a muffin texture, perhaps due to the lack of added oil and flour. Cath and I also used quick oats rather than rolled oats – quick oats are softer and more absorbent than rolled oats, so this may have been a cause for the confusion.

Have you got any great granola bar recipes?

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