Monday, October 12, 2009
I dedicate this post to Judith, who I know will like them as she thought I was making granola bars earlier when I posted a recipe for loose granola.
These blueberry granola bars were interesting to make and they are very tasty. I used dried blueberry and it seems that they soaked some of the moisture and plumped up a bit, so they taste even better !
I used walnuts because I like the combination with blueberries, but if you are going to make this, you are free to use what suits your taste.
1 big cup coconut (80 gr)
120 gr dried blueberries (about 4 oz)
200 gr walnuts
5 oz oats (use any kind you have)
5 oz honey, by weight
60 gr brown sugar
2 TBSP butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 small plastic bag (ziplock)
Preheat the oven to 350 F and butter a 9 by 9 inch Pyrex baking dish and set aside.
If you do not think that buttering the pan will be sufficient, then you can line it with aluminum foil like I did.
In a wide baking pan place the coconut, chopped walnuts and oats, mix and bake for 15 minutes, stirring once.
When done, remove from oven and reduce the heat to 325 F.
In a saucepan combine the honey, sugar, butter, vanilla and zest and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring every now and then, making sure that the brown sugar is completely dissolved.
When both the oats and the syrup are done, combine them and add the fruit, stirring to combine.
Place the mixture into the prepared baking dish and press down to distribute it evenly.
You can use a spoon, a spatula or another baking dish which you place over the oats and firmly press down.
It's best if you have a film of plastic wrap in between the 2.
Bake for 25 minutes, remove from pan, let cool and cut into bars.
I think that if it does not hold together as you would like it to, you can go ahead and bake it for 15 to 25 more minutes at 375 F.
Let cool and drizzle the melted chocolate over.
For convenience, I placed my chocolate in the plastic bag, melted it in the microwave and then cut the tip and drizzled over the granola bars.
I used strips ofwax paper and tape to hold it in place, then I wrapped the granola bar in plastic wrap.
They should be stored in the fridge.
It took me a little time to figure out the best way to wrap those bars, but I managed to pull off something.
You can both see the granola bar through the plastic wrap and hold it once you open it on the end that has the wax paper.
Do not use wax paper when baking in general, as it smokes - try using parchment paper.
Posted by Cat at 7:30 AM