Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Nutella & Peanut Butter Granola Bars 1.0

Yummy I adore you! A spoonful of Nutella makes everything better...and it's filled with the good fats....snicker. The flavor on these bars is excellent. I did omit the dried fruit to offset the extra sugar from the Nutella. I think I need to increase the amount of oats a bit next time....maybe 3 cups instead of 2....that or take the peanut butter and Nutella additions down to 1/3 cup each. I felt like the ratio of dried ingredients to wet was a little off....just needs a bit of tinkering. This is another variation of my basic granola recipe. If you need a super detailed version of the recipe visit the original post. ;)

Nutella & Peanut Butter Granola Bars 1.0

2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
3/4 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
2 tbls tub margarine
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup Nutella

Pour your peanuts in a 9x13 pan. Crush them up a bit with the bottom of a cup, or whatever you have handy for crushing purposes. Add wheat germ, oats, and sunflower seeds and mix everything together. Pop pan into the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees for a quick toast. Stir the ingredients in the pan a couple times just to make sure nothing gets overdone. When the 10 minutes are up turn off oven and pour the toasted mixture into a mixing bowl. Set aside.

In a saucepan mix together the honey, margarine, and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly. Bring mixture to a boil and then continue to cook for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter and Nutella. Pour over the mixture you just set aside. Mix until everything is well combined. Spray a 9x13 pan and pour the granola spreading it out evenly. With a piece of wax paper protecting your hand press down firmly to compact the granola. Toss the wax paper when your done. Let cool before turning out granola on a board for cutting. Makes 20 pieces.

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