Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Granola Energy Bars

January 13, 2015 at 12:01 am | Posted in BCM, breakfast things, cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 20 Comments
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granola energy bars

Granola and yogurt is my standard weekday morning brekkie.   It’s fast, it’s easy and I like it.  Sometimes I add a banana to jazz it up but, all in all, I keep it all pretty plain, so it’s fairly healthy.  A lot of store-bought granola is anything but, with loads of sugar and add-ins.  Store-bought granola bars are usually the same way…more like candy bars than healthy snacks.  I eat enough sugar for dessert, so I try to avoid those “extra” sweets during the day.  If you wanna control what goes in it, I guess you gotta make it yourself!

These Granola Energy Bars are loaded with nuts, seeds, dried fruit (I used raisins, cherries and apricots) and oats, of course, bound together with brown rice syrup.  I think the brown rice syrup helps keep the bars chewy, too, but corn syrup or golden syrup would be likely substitutes if you can’t find it easily.  These were a cinch to make, and I feel good about what went into them.  And they’re filling, too, if you just need a little something to hold you over.

I bought the brown rice syrup at the health food store just for this recipe, so I’m not sure what I’ll do with the rest of the jar…apart from making more granola bars.  Perhaps I’ll tweak the recipe to make my own homemade, fresh version of the candy bar kind with mini chocolate chips and peanuts, for dessert, of course.

For the recipe, see Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll and please join us, if you haven’t already!


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  1. Yum.. I could eat these all day long! They look so tasty and healthy! 🙂

  2. I used the rice syrup for sweetening up a sauce and it worked out great. These bars are very filling – they would easily tide me over from breakfast to lunch. Happy Tuesday!

  3. The rice syrup was a new to me ingredient, but I liked it. These were good, but I definitely need to play around with them more to get the consistency right.

  4. Just what I need right now – hungry and going to the gym for an intense double spin class. Can’t wait for dinner 🙂

  5. These look wonderful! A great snack or a quick breakfast to have you all set for the week.

  6. They look great! I too used the same fruit, except for golden raisins. They do make for a tasty snack to tide one over. There will be a repeat of these very soon!

  7. They look delicious! I like that with this recipe, we can make them as healthy or as decadent as we want.

  8. Making your own versions sounds interesting, and I can just imagine you doing that, all that creativity you have over there. Your bars look really good. Okay, they really do, but I have to say I giggled a bit when I saw your photo…for some reason I thought I was looking at the front cover of a crime novel…the knife and all the bits cut up in pieces like that! You know me well enough by now that I say that with love and a giggle, right? The Case of the Murdered Energy Bars!!!! 🙂 xo

    • hahahahahaha! you know, I actually wondered if the knife looked a little threatening, but went with the setup anyway!

      • It looks great, you know my sense of humor, right? Okay, enough said, it was just a moment’s wildness in thought in my brain. 🙂 You know I always am dying to be you each week with the goods and the photos!

  9. Your bars look picture perfect! And I also bought a jar of rice syrup just for this recipe. If you use it up with other recipes, post them and I’ll be inspired!

  10. Looks like yours came out beautifully. I might try some golden syrup next time.

  11. I love making granola bars. I don’t do it enough. Just keep buying the cheap, bad kind for my boys. But me–these are the kind for me. And funny you should mention chocolate and peanuts–that’s what I did with these. Still very healthy though–with raisins and other nuts….. 😉 (Katrina, Baking and Boys!)

  12. Adding chocolate for a more candy bar like treat is a great idea. I cut some of this into bars and crumbled some into granola to have with my yogurt!

  13. Your bars look great! I’m very impressed, and a little envious, of your straight edges 🙂

  14. Your perfectly cut little bars inspire me to get going on mine (I am a bit behind this week).

  15. Yes, add chocolate chips! That is what my 11 year old asked me to do when I told her I was making granola bars. If they have even a wee bit of chocolate she’ll eat them. So coconut, chocolate and cherries along with all the other ingredients went into my bars.
    Happy baking to you!

  16. I used a honey-brown sugar syrup for mine, they were quite good! I am on the hunt for the brown rice syrup! Yours look absolutely perfect!! Very nice!

  17. These look awesome! Perfect breakfast solution.

  18. thank you for this post. would love to make these for my twins

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