Showing posts with label granola. Show all posts
Showing posts with label granola. Show all posts

Monday, May 26, 2014

Bacon Nut Bars


What makes everything taste better?   Bacon!!!  It amused me to no end to turn out a bacon version of this nut bar.  Tasty and a dose of extra protein.


Bacon Nut Bars

1 1/2 cups sliced and toasted almonds
2 cups roasted peanuts
1/2 cup crumbled bacon pieces
1 tbls toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Semi sweet chocolate for garnish

With the bottom of a cup or a rolling pin crush the peanuts and almonds roughly. Mix nuts together with bacon and wheat germ. Set aside.

Line a 9x13 pan with waxed paper.

In a saucepan mix together honey, syrup, salt, and vanilla. Stir continuously over medium heat until temperature reaches 260. Remove from heat and pour over nut mixture. Mix together throughly. Pour into prepared pan. Spread mixture evenly across pan. Place another piece of waxed paper over pan and use a rolling pin, or bottom of glass to compress down. Remove top wax paper. Let cool for about 20 minutes before flipping bars out onto cutting board. Remove bottom waxed paper and cut into bars. Garnish with chocolate.  Any bars not consumed keep nicely in the freezer.



I really don't enjoy cooking bacon even though I love the flavor. Grease everywhere.....meh!  This bag of precooked bacon pieces is my go to solution for recipes.  No muss...no fuss.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Nut Bars


There is a fantastic post for Homemade KIND Bars over on the Yummy Life blog.  The recipes in this post provided a wonderful jumping off point for experimentation.  Goodness knows I love to change around a recipe....ehehehehe.  I was less concerned with a reproduction than a tasty nut bar so I swapped ingredients out freely.


Nut Bars

1 1/2 cups sliced and toasted almonds
3/4 cup roasted peanuts
3/4 cup roasted macadamia nuts
1/2 cup roasted pistachios
1/2 cup oats
1 tbls toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Dark chocolate for garnish

With the bottom of a cup or a rolling pin crush the nuts up into smaller pieces. Mix nuts together with oats and wheat germ. Set aside.

Line a 9x13 pan with waxed paper.

In a saucepan mix together honey, syrup, salt, and vanilla. Stir continuously over medium heat until temperature reaches 260. Remove from heat and pour over nut mixture. Mix together throughly. Pour into prepared pan. Spread mixture evenly across pan. Place another piece of waxed paper over pan and use a rolling pin, or bottom of glass to compress down. Remove top wax paper. Let cool for about 20 minutes before flipping bars out onto cutting board. Remove bottom waxed paper and cut into bars. Garnish with chocolate.  Any bars not consumed keep nicely in the freezer.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Almond Coconut Granola Cereal


I usually like my granola in bar form, but sometimes I crave a cereal version.  These crunchy, chunks of granola do make a tasty little snack all on their own though.  I found myself nibbling on a handful when the munchies hit.  The toasted coconut...it calls to me. 

Not a ton of sugar in this recipe...I wasn't keen on tossing in a bunch of oil or butter either.  Simple and delicious was the goal.


Almond Coconut Granola Cereal

3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup oat bran
1 tbls wheat germ
1/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbls raw honey
1 egg white

Mix together all the dry ingredients.  In a small bowl, beat the egg white lightly.  Stir in honey.  Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and toss together.  Pour onto a greased cooking sheet and bake at 325 for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Serves two.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Nutella & Peanut Butter Granola 3.0


This is the final version of this recipe.  I'm finally happy with it.  ;)  Meanwhile, I got the cutest pack of silicone cupcake cups as a present.  They were perfect for making adorable little granola servings.  I left the usual...press into a 9x13 pan instructions in the recipe...but have fun with your granola if you have any cute silicone forms laying around. 


Nutella & Peanut Butter Granola Bars 3.0

2 1/3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
3/4 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
2 tbls tub margarine
1/2 cup raw honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/3 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. Cut into 20 pieces.


Another pic of the cuters...
Still cute.....but they cry out for the dark chocolate stripes.  Dark chocolate being healthy for us and all...it's a crime to leave it off....snicker.  A small amount of dark chocolate goes a very long way.  Melt it in the microwave and then use a ziplock bag with the corner cut off as a handy piping bag.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tropical Granola Bars

I wasn't going to post this since it's just a slight variation of my usual granola but I was tickled with the fruit mix of pineapple, mango, and papaya.  I wasn't sure I would like it, but it's quite yummy.  It is hard to go wrong with granola though...ehehehe.


Tropical Granola Bars

2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
3/4 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
2 tbls tub margarine
1/2 cup raw honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup dried, diced pineapple, papaya, and mango

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. Stir in the diced fruit. 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 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.


Another pic of the granola....
Mental note....do not pile granola up on a plate without some dividers.  ;)  I was a little pressed for space though at the time so I didn't consider I'd have to pry my granola apart a bit later.  Happily though granola is sturdy.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nutella & Peanut Butter Granola 2.0

The last batch was a little heavy on wet ingredients.  I went too far in the opposite direction this time....a little too heavy on the dry.  It's pretty close to where it should be though.  If I put the oats at 2 1/3 cups I think it will be about right.  The most important factor though is it still tastes yummy.  ;)


Nutella & Peanut Butter Granola Bars 2.0

2 3/4 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
3/4 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
2 tbls tub margarine
1/2 cup raw honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/3 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. Cut into 20 pieces.


One more pic of the glory that is Nutella granola....
It crumbles just slightly, but still holds together well.  Of course this not quite right batch gives me an excuse to make more lovely granola....it's a win/win.  My Nutella bonanza goes on!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Nutella & Peanut Butter Granola Bars 1.0

Yummy Nutella.....how 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.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Peanut Butter Granola Bars


I actually ran a little low on granola bars in the freezer....shocking I know....so I made a batch just for me. I usually whip these up to mail out to family and then keep a few for my horde, but I must be slacking lately. I have a small love affair going with peanut butter at the moment so that decided the variety I wanted to make. The original granola post is here if you want to have a gander...I really only changed a few things here and there....the original post has more elaborate details if you need them though. ;)


Peanut Butter Granola Bars

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 raw honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup natural peanut butter

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. Stir in the dried dates. 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. Stir in your peanut butter mix until well combined. Pour over the oat/nut mixture. Mix until everything is well combined. Spray a 9x13 pan with Pam and pour in 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.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Granola Bars


Granola bars make the best snack. I usually snarfle one before I zip out to mow the lawn. I ran across this recipe a while back....awesome basic granola recipe there....and then I just played around with it for a while until it suited my needs a little better. One of the coolest things about granola bars is you can change out ingredients pretty much endlessly to get different flavor combos. Use different nuts like cashews, pistachios, almonds, or macadamia nuts. Slip in some peanut butter or nutella.....a pause here for the glory of nutella....nom! There are so many different dried fruits you can pick from as well. The thing to keep in mind is that even though this is a healthy treat, serving size is important. Too much of a good thing quickly turns into a very bad, high calorie/fat thing. ;)

Granola Bars

2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
3/4 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
2 tbls butter
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup dried fruit

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. Stir in the dried fruit. Set aside.

In a saucepan mix together the honey, butter, 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 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.


A few photos of the process...
A view of the syrup at the end of four minutes of boiling and stirring. It's a nice pretty golden color and quite bubbly. I don't start the timer on the 4 minutes until the entire surface of the mixture is bubbly. The edges like to bubble a bit first so that can throw a person off. I keep the sugar and butter content quite low in this recipe so I needed my syrup to be quite sticky to hold my bars together. Cranberries and raisins needed more holding power than dates.

And here we see my really horrible job evenly cutting my bars into portion sizes. Normally I do a little better job eyeballing it, but I was in rare form apparently...ehehehe.

I used silicone heart molds to form the heart shaped granola pieces.  It's easiest to press half the granola into an 8x8 pan and use the remainder to do pretty shapes if you go this route.