May 9th, 2010

Granola Bars

 Hi, all!

My local Trader Joes has stopped carrying vegan granola bars! Noooooo! Last week I made this recipe, from the comment section of a post in this community with the granola bar tag (see below the recipe for my follow-up questions):

My boyfriend likes this recipe from Alton Brown... obviously sub vegan margarine for the butter, and I sub agave nectar for the honey. 

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Granola Bars

8 ounces old-fashioned rolled oats, approximately 2 cups
1 1/2 ounces raw sunflower seeds, approximately 1/2 cup
3 ounces sliced almonds, approximately 1 cup
1 1/2 ounces wheat germ, approximately 1/2 cup
6 ounces honey, approximately 1/2 cup
1 3/4 ounces dark brown sugar, approximately 1/4 cup packed
1-ounce unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 1/2 ounces chopped dried fruit, any combination of apricots, cherries or blueberries

Butter a 9 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, and wheat germ onto a half-sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.

Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees F. Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine. Turn mixture out into the prepared baking dish and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the dish and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week

Source: http://community.livejournal.com/vegancooking/2397438.html

The granola bars turned out great! I used agave last week, but I'm thinking about trying maple syrup this week. Any thoughts on whether or not that'll work well? Is there some other form of sweetener that might be a cheaper sub for honey than maple or agave? Are there any other variations anyone might suggest?

Does anyone have any other granola bar recipes they'd like to share?