Monday, April 25, 2011

Homemade Granola Bars (Healthy Chewy Snack Bars) | Oats Snack Recipes

We are just back from a short trip to Palakkad and Nelliampathy the much needed break from the usual routine I would say! I'm back only physically :) the mountains, valleys, mist, monkeys ,deep forest areas,greeneries all around is still passing by my eyes.And my long time desire of eating puttu with kadala curry has finally happened and I thoroughlly enjoyed it that I forgot to click them;)

Okay coming to these tasty granola bars...me and amma are greatly addicted to it. Everytime there is no snacks at home with no second thought I would jump to make these tasty and healthy bars. And my lil one likes it in the form of museli.
Granola Bars Recipe
I've been experimenting these bars many times and finally here I am with the recipe with correct measurements.


Granola Bars Recipe
Makes 8 small bars

Ingredients:
  • Quick cooking oats - 1 cup
  • Cornflakes - 1/4 cup
  • Honey - 1/2 cup
  • Butter - 1 tbsp
  • Brown Sugar - 1 tbsp (You can use normal sugar too)
  • Water - 1 tbsp
  • Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Nuts & Dry Fruits :(this should come to a round of 1/2 cup)
  • Almonds - 5 chopped finely
  • Walnut - 2 tbsp broken into tiny pieces
  • Golden, black raisins and Dates /(any other dry fruit) - 1/4 cup


Granola Bars Recipe
Method:

First dry roast oats, cornflakes, nuts and dry fruits in a pan until a nice aroma comes and oats starts slightly browning up. Keep aside.
Granola Bars Recipe
Now in the same pan, add butter heat it till it melts. Now add honey, demererar sugar, vanilla essence and water, heat it until the mixture starts bubbling up.
Granola Bars Recipe
At this stage add the roasted oats, cornflakes and nuts mixture and mix well until the honey mixture is coated on all sides of the oats cornflakes mixture.
Granola Bars Recipe
Then transfer to a butter paper and spread it using a spoon or a wooden laddle to 1/4 or 1/2 inch thickness. Straighten the edges and make it as a square or rectangle.
Granola Bars Recipe
Cover it with another butter paper and press them down gently.Allow them to cool for 5mins then cut into bars.Bake the bars at 200 deg C for 5-7 mins to make it more crispy , this step is optional but it will retain the bars crispness for a longer time. Cool down and store it in an airtight container.
Granola Bars Recipe

You can make these bars in oven too but I prefer stove top method easier than the oven method.I like my granola bars for munching during tea time with a cup of milk.Its your choice to make them into bars or squares as per your convenience. If you like oats then am sure you will like these bars too.

Granola bars are readily available in super markets with different combinations of nuts and dry fruits.
Demerara Sugar
My Notes:
  • Dont over roast , as it will give a burnt flavour and spoil the taste.
  • If you try to reduce the amount of honey then it will be hard to make pieces/bars.
  • You can use any type of nuts and dry fruits, the only thing to note down is the quantity.
  • Store them in an airtight container and enjoy them any time.
Granola Bars Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J

63 comments:

  1. Hey Sharmi,U have a very nice space here.. I felt it to be clean n neat ... detailed n short.. guess, u have been blogging for a while.. huge variety of food.. i have to come back with more time in hands.. and sure would be back soon !

    Coming to this post.. I was so convinced by your pictures, bookmarked it even before reading the recipe :) Loved the presentation.. and would definitely try soon..

    New to your space and so Happy to follow u !
    Do visit my space as time permits ..
    http://comeletseat.blogspot.com

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  2. Delicious bars. I love them too :) Feel like grabbing them from the pics :)

    Happy to see you back and hope you enjoyed your trip :)

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  3. super.. i am now tempted by ur chocolate pudding. cant wait for the recipe.

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  4. awesome pics and recipe! my granola bars are cooling right now...made them as soon as I read ur recipe. Thanks :)

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  5. These are looking just like store bought bars but with the goodness of being home made.just perfect.

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  6. Sharmi...what a perfect granola bars...Neatly cut:-)I have been planning to make this like forever..somehow never happened..Seeing ur clicks, i am soo tempted to make this:-)

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  7. Glad to know you enjoyed at Nelliampathy. If I were in Palakkad, we could have met.

    Delicious bar. As you said, I too prefer to make it on stove top and find it easier. May be its our familiarity with making Indian sweets.

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  8. @Mangala : That was fast!! Hope u enjoyed these bars.....

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  9. These bars look so perfect, Sharmi..Will be surely trying it sometime..Bookmarked!

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  10. Bars look perfect...Was looking for good granola bar recipe...bookmarked...

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe especially on stove top. once tried it in Micro wave and was not satisfied with the result. Now I am quite convinced to try this on stove top after seeing ur recipe.

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  12. Beautiful.. i wish if i would have seen a step by step pic:)

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  13. Those bars look super delicious....love to munch them wid tea..:)

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  14. The bars are perfect. WIll try them soon :)

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  15. Healthy looking breakfast. Love to grab one on the go. YUM!

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  16. That sounds like a relaxing holiday.
    The bars have come out perfectly.

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  17. wonderful way to start the day with these healthy bars for breakfast.Nice to to know that u had a great trip

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  18. Perfect healthy bars..looks like store bought...like the stove top method,easy too..love your pictures :)

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  19. Feel like grabbing one off the screen now... Looks so yum... Superb pics...

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  20. Wow Sharmi..A perfect snack recipe & at the same time its healthy too...!!! Sure to satisfy one`s sweet cravings while providing the body with nutrients!!! ;) Bookmarked & trying it out soon :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  21. wow granola bars looks very tempting and you have photogrpahed it beautifully..

    Nelliyampathy is a fav place of mine, i have a lot of memories related to there :)

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  22. Healthy and yummy breakfast,awesome pictures dear,bookmarking this one.

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  23. i usually grab them from markets....home made ones are indeed the best ur is nam nam!

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  24. The bars look so perfect... And lovely clicks too..

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  25. wow! this is sooo good, nice clicks!

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  26. Those bars look super delicious....love to munch them wid tea..:)

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  27. wow...this can be made on stovetop? that's a revelation to me. the snaps as usual looks really good....:)

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  28. yummy grabola bars...lovely presentation and beautiful snaps.

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  29. Healthy snacks ! Thank you very much for this recipe.

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  30. Highly addictive and prefect looking granola bars..

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  31. first of all very nice space with variety of dishes ...

    ganola bars looks very yummy and easy to make..

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  32. Now nobody can say that these are home..looks fantastic! Bookmarked!

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  33. No one can say these are homemade..they look better than store bought! Bookmarked!

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  34. It has come out perfect and I love your tea cup dear :)

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  35. Quick and delicious! I love those energy bars.

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  36. perfectly done! i tried it twice.. but dint work.. i will try your way now.
    ammaandbaby.blogspot.com/

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  37. Perfect bars..feel like having a bite :)

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  38. I am not much a Granola bar fan but I love Muesli.A handful of muesli always fulfills my snack cravings..can this be made into muesli too,since the ingredients are much similar?Or skip the shaping into bars portion?

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  39. @DivyaKudua : The method is the same for museli too but the quantity varies...Have just made museli and clicked so wait for my post sooner :)

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  40. Nice snack/breakfast,looks so delectable,sounds easy too!

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  41. Tried this! Though did not follow the recipe strictly and dint aim at bars :), it tasted really good :)

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  42. Hi i recently came across your blog and since then i have been hooked to it.. I tried the granola bar yest at home.. and it turned out so yummy.. thanks to you i have found a healthy yummy breakfast recipe!!

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  43. Hi Sharmi,

    I tried making the bars, but i could not cut them as perfect bars like you showed in the picture. What could have gone wrong? I used the exact measurements. I used my hand to re-shape it as bars. I waited for the mixture to cool down for 5 minutes and then tried to cut. But it was falling out. Please let me know.

    Regards,
    Mala

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  44. @Malathi : If is crumbles/breaks it must be very dry...so you can add in more honey. You can mark the squares when it is still hot ie hand bearable so that it holds shape well.Hope this helps!

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  45. Can I replace Cornflakes with Oats? Also, Can i replace the butter paper with silver foil coated with butter or oil??

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    1. Yes you can replace cornflakes with oats...reg silver foil I use it for my pizza so guess you can use that too

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  46. Hi, is there a substitue for honey? We dont eat honey but would love to make these bars

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    1. Not really sure but you can use jaggery syrup instead....guess it will work if you thicken the syrup and use it

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  47. Hi Sharmi,
    I tried these bars today. But I could not get the proper shape and they crumbled off.From the above comments, I found that I might have reduced the honey quantity. But can I add honey after it has been baked in the oven? Just mix the broken pieces with honey on stove once again and then make into bars ?

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    1. No adding honey after baking will not hold its shape no you cannot form bars..It is better to add the required quantity while mixing itself.

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  48. You are a genius really! :D I've been looking for an Indianized granola bar forever! :D This is so easy and the ingredients are so simple!

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  49. Hi Sharmiji,

    your all recipe of oats are delicious, i tried oats idly, works out perfect and i have tried granola bars also, looks wise same like u have shown in picture, but it was not crispy as u have mentioned, may be i had put honey little more, as i was making first time ,i used proportion same as u mentioned, i think i will try once more,& used honey little less than mentioned in recipe.
    nandini

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    1. Did you bake it at the last stage as mentioned? This makes the bars crispier..hope this helps!

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  50. yes, i baked it at 200 degrees for 5 minutes

    nandini

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    1. SHAMILEE J ,
      I LIKE GRANOLA BAR'S BUT SUDDENLY MY G I HAS SHUT UP,CAN WE MAKE IT SUGAR FREE?

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    2. You can skip sugar and use honey fully...I am not sure of other substitutions for sugar

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  51. Hi Sharni,

    Hope you are doing good.

    I have a small doubt.
    Yesterday, I made these granola bars and it came out good.
    But it became a little chewy and also I used the stove method.

    Can you help me understand why it became chewy?

    Thanks a lot for sharing your cooking knowledge with us.
    Deepika

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    1. If the granola is not roasted well it may turn chewy.....and also to make it extra crisp bake it for few mins as mentioned in the recipe

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  52. Hi, just wanted to tell you, how wonderful these bars are. I have made them many times now, even for family/friends, everyone loves them. So, thumbs up. Really love ur recipes, esp. the oat ones.

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  53. Hi I dont have a microwave. Can i make them crispy without baking also?

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    1. It will be crispy if made stovetop but it will not retain its crispiness it will become chewy after 2 days

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  54. Looks yummy sharmilee.but I want to use jaggery instead of brown sugar .as I want to give it to my little one who is just 16 month old

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