Monday, June 27, 2011

Healthy Chewy Granola Bars..Step by Step Recipe!!

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Granola is one of the most healthiest options for breakfast or evening snack and can also be also had as a healthy dessert.But it is difficult to eat them on the go and hence granola bars are always a better option.I love munching granola bars for my morning or evening snack as they are easy to carry and are very healthy and filling too.
Me and my husband both love dry fruits very much and hence I added them abundantly in my granola bars,you can add the dry fruit/nuts of your choice.I can say it is always better to make these granola bars at home instead of buying those preservative and sugar loaded ready made bars.It might hardly take some extra time but the end product is very healthy and yummy bar and more importantly it is customized by you according to your preferences.
I had bookmarked this recipe from Veggie-Wiz as they looked damn tempting with all my favorite ingredients and adapted the process of stove top method and few measurements from Sharmi's space.This recipe is a cross in between both the recipes and is my favorite now with the ingredients of my choice,so do try them out with your additions and choices.

Ingredients:
(Yields around 18 big bars)

2 cups quick cooking Oats
1/2 cup cornflakes cereal
1 cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon powder
3 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp water

dry fruits and nuts:(This comes around 1-1/4 cup)
12-15 almonds,finely chopped
12-15 walnuts,finely chopped
10-12 pistachios,finely chopped
2-3 tbsp raisins
2-3 tbsp dried cranberries
5-6 seedless Arab dates,finely chopped
3-4 dried figs/anjeer,finely chopped
1 tbsp watermelon seeds(you can even use pumpkin or sunflower seeds)
2 tbsp flax seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds

Method:
  • Dry roast oats and cornflakes separately until a nice aroma comes and oats starts slightly browning up,take care not to burn them while frying.Keep them aside.
  • Now dry roast flax seeds until they pop and followed by sesame seeds and add them to the oats mixture.
  • Add almonds,walnuts and pistachios to the pan and roast them until they are slight crisp and then add watermelon seeds,chopped dates,figs,raisins,cranberries and fry them for a minute and add them to the oats mixture.
  • Mix everything well and keep the vessel aside.
  • Heat the same pan and add butter and let it melt.Now add brown sugar to it and let ir caramelize a bit and bubbles form.
  • Add water,honey,peanut butter and cinnamon powder and heat the mixture until it starts bubbling up.
  • Add vanilla essence and give a quick stir.
  • Now add the roasted oats, cornflakes,nuts and dry fruit mixture and mix well until the honey mixture is coated uniformly all over the oats cornflakes mixture.Let it cook for 2 mins and keep stirring it in between.
  • Divide the mixture into two portions and transfer the mixture on to a baking sheet or a butter paper and spread it using a spoon or a wooden ladle to 1/2 inch thickness.
  • Straighten the edges with the help of a spatula into a square or rectangle and let it cool a bit.Smoother the top portion using hands or a butter paper and gently make it uniform.
  • Allow them to cool for 5-10 mins and then cut them into bars.If it does not hold shape just press the sides with hands to form the clean edges.
  • Arrange them on a aluminum foil on a baking tray and bake in preheated oven @ 160 degrees for 4-5 mins.This step is completely optional and you can avoid it if you do not have oven.I do this way which helps in holding its shape and can be stored for longer.Let them cool completely for 30 mins.
  • Wrap them in aluminum foil and store them in airtight container.
Have them as a morning or evening snack with a cup of milk/tea/coffee.

Notes:
  • I suggest you to wrap them in aluminum foil so that it would be easy to pack for snacks box and it does not stick to your hand.
  • The addition of nuts and dry fruits are completely left to your choice.Add them according to your choice.
  • I baked them for extra 3-4 mins and that process is completely optional but I felt they tasted better in that way and also stays crispy and chewy for long.You can completely avoid that step if you do not have oven.
  • You can even halve the recipe and make if you are trying for the first time.
  • These can be stored easily up to 15-20 days and I really wonder that they would last that long.
Last weekend was my Dad's Birthday and also today is our blogger friend Lubna's B'day and I would like to wish them through this post specially.
My dear wonderful 'Dad' and my dear friend Lubna,'Many Many Happy Returns of the Day,N'joy ur day!!'

58 comments:

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh that's an honor.....thank u so much for the wishes and belated wishes to u r dad....a year back i won an giveaway and got these bars as a part of it....loved them...i too have bookmarked this recipe from sharmi's place...love to give it a try...perfect snack for those untime hunger pangs....

Deeksha said...

Granola Bars look awesome! This is very new to me! You have explained very well. will defiintely try this. Thanks for sharing Prathy!

Santosh Bangar said...

bars are amazing healthy crispy

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Such a detailed explanation n clicks.. perfect n essential health bar awesome!!

jayasree said...

Looks delicious. Perfect bars to snack on.

Priya said...

Pretty addictive granola bars, feel like munching some..My hearty birthday wishes to ur dad:) & Lubna..

Sharmilee! :) said...

I make these bars atleast 2 weeks once as I just luv to munch on these bars...I find stove top method easier too.While toasting itself I wud start munching half of it and I dont think I can wait anymore after cutting the bars so sure cannot wait till baking time so will not bake even if its for retaining the shape....he he

Sharmilee! :) said...

Btwn is that ur OTG...looks like my morphy richards OTG..What brand is urs?

sowmya's creative saga said...

this has been in my to do list ..looks amazing..will bookmark your recipe and try it soon..

Prathibha said...

Thanks all..
@Sharmi..I have bought this OTG when I was in Hongkong,it is Loyola model..it looks exactly like morphy richards wat we get here and even the functionalities are same..good to know that we both use similar models..:)

kaveri said...

Nutritious and healthy Granola bars...They look just perfect...

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely post Prathibha!...I love granola with all the nuts just yum...these bars cme come out so beautifully:)

Prathima Rao said...

Healthy & tempting granola!!! Very well explained Prathiba,...Im sure it would be easy to follow & make these...!!
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Sharmilee! :) said...

@Prathy : Wow thats gud to hear.....yes it looks exactly like morphy richards....Seeing ur granola bars tempts me so much that tonite I am sure going to make few :) Nice stepwise u have given

Pinky said...

Hi Prathiba

Lovely bars and will surely try them out once and also such a healthy option of munching.

Ms.Chitchat said...

This is indeed a healthy option as a snack and appreciate ur illustrative clicks. It is self-explanatory. Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe and am sure everyone who goes thro' this recipe is going to make them too.

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

Such an healthy packed snack, and you made it so simple! Loved the steps pictures :)

Ramya said...

Even I love Granola bars for breakfast!!Lovely pictorial..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

First would like to wish you Dad belated b'day and hugs n kisses to my dear friend Lubna. This nutty and healthy bar looks awesome...Well explained with pics

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Radhika said...

Hi Prathy. Thanks for the step by step procedure. loved the bars. My kids start munching on them even before it gets ready.

divya said...

wow so tempting !! looks so wonderful !!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Thats really a healthy bar...Luks perfect...Thanks for sharing.

aipi said...

Love these chewy granola bars ~ perfect for those hunger pangs :)
Lovely post with great pictorials!
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Pushpa said...

Healthy and crunchy bars.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Lovey and addictive granola bars..Thanks for the step by step recipe..

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Super healthy granola.. lovely pics..

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SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wow perfectly done and they r really healthy bars !! wonderful clicks !!

Sudha Sabarish said...

Granola balls are too awesome.Feel like to taste now itself.Why dont u send me a parcel hahahahaha.Have bookmarked.Surely will try once.

Madhavi said...

Amazing post Prathibha..this granola bars looks divine..

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SouthIndianHome said...

Wow. Delicious and yummy granola bars
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Cooking Foodie said...

The bars look perfect... and the step-by-step makes it easy to follow... Bookmarked!

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Reshmi Mahesh said...

Wow...healthy and addictive bars...lovely clicks...

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Yum, healthy and delicious :)

Swathi said...

Granola bars looks perfect,like the stove top method, belated birthday wishes to your dad and Lubna.

Shanavi said...

Stove top method sounds easy and ur effort is splendid and ofcourse the granola bars

sonu said...

belated bday wishes to ur dad ! bars look very chewy and crunchy ..super yumm

jeyashrisuresh said...

wonderful recipe and these bars came out so well and thanks for the detailed explanation

Cooking Foodie said...

I am at my parents place in Andheri...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I too have to try this bars,i have not tasted too...healthy snack cum breakfast! Good effort in stepwise!

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

lovely bars... this looks so crispy and tasty... loved that color... first snap is too tempting :)

Ramya Bala said...

Ecellent Tutorial and a gr8 breakfast Bar recipe :) Very delicious!!!

arthi said...

wow..awesome presentation.. bookmarked!!

Suma Gandlur said...

Mouthwatering bars with all those goodies!

Rumana Rawat said...

Yummy...

kothiyavunu.com said...

Awesome Granola bars..love ur step by step direction..

thekitchenaffaire said...

Wow.. so healthy and look yummy.. I love granolla bars .. but buy em once in a way. now i can try them at home :D thank youuu

julie said...

wow..thats lovely granola bars,homely makes it perfect,dear..
First time here,lovely blog ..
Visit my space too when you find time
Thanx ,
julie
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Plateful said...

My family and I love to snack on granola...it's so yummy! We especially enjoy drinking smoothies with a generous sprinkle of granola.

Mythreyi said...

Looks healthy and Protein rich Snack, Prathibha! Do we get Flaxseeds here in India!!

Prathibha said...

Mythreyi...here in Mumbai we get in Godrej r major super markets,it is called Alsi in hindi..:)

Ambreen said...

This one looks really irresistible. Tempting clicks with step by step instructions. Thanks for sharing :)

ANU said...

Very healthy recipe Prathibha!
Happy to follow you!

Drop in to my space sometime:
http://anuzhealthykitchen.blogspot.com/

Vatsala. said...

Looking delicious and superb pics.
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Dreambox 500s said...

These great tasting bars - they are too brittle! Perhaps it has to be more of an egg, or some other recipe adjustment did not try to make it stick.

Prathibha said...

@dreambox...these bars r really sticky and sticks together because of honey...but u need to shape it a bit little otherwise its fine..

Sush said...

My 12 year old daughter and I made these bars over the weekend. The step by step detailed recipe was really good for her to follow. The end result was amazing. We are not buying granola bars from the store anymore!!

Prathibha said...

@sush...Thanks for letting me know about the outcome..I m glad that they turned out nice

Rajani said...

The pics amke the whole process so simple and easy to follow.

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