Sunday, September 14, 2014

Granola Bars


A quick and easy default breakfast.  Make a batch on Sunday, and you're set for the week.

1 cup coconut oil 
1½ cups brown sugar (kurozato works well if you don't mind its rather strong flavor)
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup flour (whole-wheat is fine)
1 t baking soda
¾ t salt
2½ cups chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, etc.) 
3/4 C chocolate chips or 2 chopped dark (or milk) chocolate bars (about 160 grams)

Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Line a big baking pan with cooking paper. (I use my oven tray which is 28x30cm.)

Whisk coconut oil and sugar in a big mixing bowl. When smooth, whisk in eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, soda, and salt together, add, and mix in. Use a spatula to add in the oats. Then stir in the nuts and chocolate.

Spread in a big pan lined with cooking paper. Bake for about 28 minutes until golden brown and edges pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool on wire rack. Cut into 36 pieces. These can be stored in zip-lock bags - frozen or refrigerated.

8 comments:

  1. Those look tasty! One question, where do you get coconut oil?

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    2. I buy it here:

      https://iherb.co/4SaB9LRf

      If you buy over a certain amount ($40) they offer free shipping to Japan. Using this code when you checkout give you 5% off: NEJ086

      That shop has made my life much easier.

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  2. In place of coconut oil, what do you recommend? Would butter, margarine or grapeseed oil work you think?

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    1. Grape seed oil is too wet, I think. Shortening works very well, but it's not so healthy. When I made them with butter, they were more crumbly. Probably if you eat them straight from the fridge, though, they would be fine with butter or margerine.

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    2. Thanks! I do have some shortening, but I think I'll try butter and see. (am all out of coconut oil)

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    3. You could also try 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup shortening. :)

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  3. I am afraid to make these, because I've tasted them and I'm afraid I'd eat 4 days worth in one morning.... :) ~Rose

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