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« on: August 04, 2010 01:08:56 PM »

Ok, so it took me over a year (!) to revamp some granola bar recipes and create a better quality and up to date video.. finally did so a few days ago. I literally spent all day in the kitchen, testing, baking, videotaping, jotting down measurements... Succeeded in making three different varieties.



I only have the video for the Peanut Butter Banana bars so far. HD video takes a long time to render. :| But they are delicious!

--> Here is the link to the How To Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJfJrKua7CY

And written down instructions:
http://calmmindbusybody.com/how-to-make-granola-bars/

Andddd finally, for those that don't want to have to leave this page,

Ingredients

1/4 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup dried banana
3 tbs raisins (I used Thompson raisins)
1 tbs peanut butter
6 tbs whole grain oats
3 tbs wheat bran
4 tbs walnuts/almonds
2 tsp pure maple syrup


Directions

1. Prepare the dried banana. Instructions for this can be found in the video and on the website.

2. In a food processor / magic bullet, lightly grind up the dates, dried banana, raisins, oats and the walnuts/almonds. Dont over-process as you want to keep some of the crunchyness from the nuts and chewyness from the oats.

3. Add into a bowl. Then add in peanut butter, wheat bran, and the maple syrup.

4. Mix together well. If you find that there isnt enough sticky-substances in the mixture to fully combine everything together, blend up a few more pitted dates and add it into the mixture. (Using your hands to mix everything works better than using a spoon.)

5. When you are able to form a solid ball with the mixture, then you have the right consistency. Place ball onto a cutting board, and flatten it with your hand. Then use a rolling pin to flatten it out, as thick or thin as you want your bars to be.

6. Cut off the uneven edges of the mixture and put them aside to use after. Cut your granola bars and place then on a parchment paper on top of a baking sheet.

Preheat oven to 325F

7. Use up the rest of the mixture and cut into bars.

8. Lastly, place them in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes. Once you remove them from the oven, leave them to cool for a few minutes. They will harden as they cool down.

Storing: I have been storing them in a Tupperware. You can keep them in the fridge if you want to. You can also wrap each bar in plastic wrap.



The two other recipes I am in the process of making videos for are Chewy Chocolate Granola Bars & a Nuts & Seeds Carrot Bar. If people like the one here, I will post when the other ones are done. Smiley

Cheers guys!
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2010 05:10:21 PM »

These look great and I watched your video. Unfortunately my stomach can't handle nuts unless they are pulverized like peanut butter.  Sad

Your web site is FANTASTIC!!! I saved it to favorites and will be checking out more of your recipes. Thank you!
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2010 09:05:20 PM »

These look great and I watched your video. Unfortunately my stomach can't handle nuts unless they are pulverized like peanut butter.  Sad

Your web site is FANTASTIC!!! I saved it to favorites and will be checking out more of your recipes. Thank you!
Aw, thank you! Smiley <3

And that's too bad about the nuts Sad I have another granola recipe I'm going to be posting tomorrow or the next day... it has 4 tbs of walnuts, but I'm sure they could easily be omitted. Maybe substitute for some seeds or little bits of dried fruit.
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2010 02:43:07 PM »

The dried fruit is a great idea. Thank you for the suggestion.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2010 06:30:44 PM »

The dried fruit is a great idea. Thank you for the suggestion.  Smiley
No problem my dear Smiley
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