Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Granola Bars with Raspberry Jammy Bits

Granola Bars with Raspberry Jammy Bits

Hi everybody :)
My daughter, Patrina, raided my freezer and discovered 2 bags of Raspberry Jammy Bits I had stored away. She looked online, found a recipe, and made these bars a few days ago. She been so busy that she asked me to share them with you all. Well, let's get it started...
Granola Bars with Raspberry Jammy Bits adapted from King Arthur Flour
1 2/3 cups quick-cooking rolled oats (I used Old-Fashioned)
3/4 cup Sticky Bun Sugar (1/2 cup brown sugar)
1/3 cup oat flour, or finely ground rolled oats (I used King Arthur Whole Wheat flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
1 1/2 cups nuts*
1 cup Raspberry Jammy Bits (I used 3/4 cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil ( I used coconut oil)
1/4 cup honey, maple syrup, or corn syrup( I used corn syrup but, think agave would work fine too)
1 tablespoon water
*3/4 cup sliced almonds and 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut.
 

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease (I used parchment paper instead of greasing the pan to make cutting the bars and lifting them out easier) a 9" x 13" pan. (Bars were thin, for thicker bars use a 7"x12" pan.)
 

Stir together the dry ingredients, including the nuts and Jammy Bits.
 

In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla, melted butter or oil, honey or syrup, and water.
 

Toss the wet ingredients with the dry until the mixture is evenly crumbly.
 

Spread in the prepared pan, shaking the pan to evenly cover the bottom, and pressing in firmly (I used plastic wrap to help press the bars down).
 

Bake the bars for 25 to 30 minutes (It only took me 22 min.), until they're just starting to brown, and are bubbly around the edges.
 

Remove them from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.

Use a knife to cut the bars while they're still warm. Let cool completely before removing from the pan.  (I removed the parchment paper from the pan in order to cut the bars, and placed the paper and bars back in the pan to finish cooling.)
 
Yield: about 1 dozen 2" x 4 1/2" bars

What She Did and/or Thinks:
The changes she made are in Italic and Purple.  
The  Taste: Although she used less brown sugar and less jammy bits, I think the sweet taste should be cut down a little more. But all in all these were delicious, and we would definitely REPEAT this using agave or honey in the place of the corn syrup and 1/3 cup brown sugar. 
ENJOY! Come again...
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