Monday, March 22, 2010
Chewy Carob Granola Bars
It is so hard for us not to eat all of these...
We discovered that we both really like carob. I used to eat it by the handful when I was a teenager, better than chocolate.
These bars are so delicious.
I started with a recipe from Smitten Kitchen, and omitted fruit, added grains, added carob, maple syrup... It is probably a far cousin of the Smitten bar, but I am positive hers taste as amazing.
I cut them, then let them cool and dry out a bit. We wanted to eat them so fast, they were a bit too tender. A day later, they are perfect.
The ingredients I got at Sol, a natural food store next to my house- it is perfect as you can buy most ingredients in bulk. I also bought goodies to make granola (a post to come soon...) If you ever come to Aylmer, you should stop by this place... all is so inexpensive. The grand total for all my nuts, grains, oats + organic yoghurt and preserves was under $20.
I found golden flax seeds, I was so excited.
Chewy Granola Bars
1 2/3 cups quick rolled oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup oat flour (or 1/3 cup oats, processed till finely ground in a food processor or blender)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/4 cup carob chips
1/3 cup peanut butter or another nut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup golden flax seed
1/4 cup sesame seed
Preheat the oven 325F. Line a 8x8x2 baking dish with parchment paper.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the wet ingredients in a medium bowl and combine with the dry. Spread in the baking dish, pressing down for the mixture to spread evenly. Bake for 30-40 minutes, the sides should become golden. Let cool, cut into bars. Let dry for a few hours and then wrap individually.