Tuesday, July 7, 2009
On The Glo Bars
I love experimenting with new granola bar recipes. I stumbled upon Oh She Glows a few months ago and pretty much want to try all of Angela's yummy recipes. (Or live in Canada so I can order some of her amazing treats!) I had good intentions to make the exact recipe, but ended up with quite the variation!
I set out to buy the ingredients needed at Whole Foods, but wasn't able to find brown rice syrup, so I thought regular old maple syrup would be a good substitute. I couldn't quite muster the strength to buy hulled hemp seeds either...they were $11.99 for a small bag. Yikes! I also skipped the sesame seeds because they don't have much flavor to me and had some pecans at home to use up. The recipe also calls for unsweetened coconut. For some reason when I made my list, I thought coconut milk, which I had at home so didn't buy. Umm yeah - coconut milk and coconut is a little different. No biggie, here is the original recipe with my edits:
On The Glo Granola Bars
3/4 cup brown rice syrup (used maple instead, about a 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups rolled oats (added about 1/2 cup to help absorb the coconut milk)
1/4 cup ground flax
1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds (omitted)
1/4 cup sesame seeds (omitted and used 1/2 cup pecans instead of the sesame and hemp)
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut (whoops - used 3/4 cup coconut milk instead)
1 t vanilla
2 T natural cane sugar
Heat brown rice syrup, vanilla, sugar, and peanut butter over low to medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, then set to low. Be careful because it burns easily. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Add syrup mixture to dry mixture and stir very well. Spread into a 9x9 inch baking dish and simply leave at room temperature to harden up. Cut into 16 bars.
My nutrition stats per bar:
137.5 calories, 6.68g fat, 16.9g carbs, 3.06g protein
-I put these in the fridge to harden up. I think my extra liquid caused them to be much soggier. Overall my mistake wasn't too bad! These still tasted great and are a powerful snack bar. My family loved them, too.