Granola Energy Bars

12 Jan

First let mGranola Energy Barse say, “It’s game day!” University of Oregon meets Ohio State University for the first ever National Collegiate Football Championship (uh, that would be American football, for all of the international readers). Go Ducks!

And, for those of you wondering about my KitchenAid mixer saga – NO! – it is not fixed! I called the KitchenAid Hotline and after being instructed to turn the screw that’s used for adjusting the bowl, the dough hook hung up again on the bowl! In the middle of mixing calzone dough…for tonight’s game-time dinner! Thank goodness for a backup mixer! The big girl is now at the authorized KitchenAid repair shop having, as my husband referred “her screws adjusted”.

But, thankfully, granola bars need no mixer – WOOHOO! My only difficulty with this recipe was finding brown rice syrup. But I found it! And, I hope my family and friends like these bars, because the smallest jar appears to have enough for two or three more batches. I tasted this syrup, and I’m not sure I like it right from the jar (I think I prefer sorghum molasses), but I must say, they smell heavenly baking. I also opted for using an 8-x-8-inch pan rather than going to buy another baking dish, so mine will likely be a might thicker than Dorie’s.

So, it appears that these might be gluten free – am I right in this? I checked with a number of websites and it appears that the only iffy ingredient might be the oats, since they apparently are often processed alongside gluten products. If true, I may have a few friends happy that I can finally send treats to them.

OK, so, they’re out of the oven and sufficiently cooled – and my personal verdict is while they are are a pretty bar, I don’t think I’m a fan. I can’t tell if it’s the unique taste (even cooked, I find the brown rice syrup an odd taste) or the texture (I think I’ve mentioned before I’m not a fan of dried fruit). So, no, these weren’t my cup of tea and it’s doubtful I’ll make them again, but if everyone liked the same thing, there would be one recipe and we’d all be happy with it!

Addendum: Turns out they were a great hit with friends! To quote, “Hey, what’s the calorie count on these bars – we’re wondering if eating the entire box would blow our diets out of the water…” For the record, mine turned out to be about 172 calories per bar (18 bars to the batch).

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5 Responses to “Granola Energy Bars”

  1. Zosia January 15, 2015 at 12:09 am #

    Your bars do look pretty and I’m glad they were a hit with your friends.

  2. Rachelle Weymuller@caramelizelife.com January 15, 2015 at 8:01 am #

    So sorry for your loss, we huskies were rooting for the ducks… well most of us I know some that just couldn’t bring themselves ;0)
    I ended up using honey and the bars turned out great.
    cheers!

  3. Adriana @ GreatFood360° January 15, 2015 at 10:53 am #

    The smell (and potential aftertaste) of the brown rice syrup scared me as well but between the vanilla and the butter there was nothing to worry about. I need to check if my health food store carries sorghum molasses.

  4. goldenlifephx January 17, 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    I wasn’t a huge fan of the brown rice syrup flavor either but if they are a hit with the friends that’s fabulous. You can still use up the jar;)

  5. Cathleen | My Culinary Mission January 23, 2015 at 12:26 am #

    I did not care for the taste of the brown rice syrup either (straight from the jar) – tasted just like… brown rice. I also made these with Lyle’s Golden Syrup – mucho better! I’m sure the molasses would be better as well. Glad to hear they were a hit with your friends. 🙂

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