Thursday, October 20, 2011

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

Seriously, what can't you do with sourdough starter? Yes, sourdough starter went into this recipe for granola bars. The recipe I started with is found on Wild Yeast Blog. I took the recipe there and basically just used some different fruit and nuts to suit my taste and also what I had on hand. This is so super flexible - you could change out the fruits and nuts and seeds for whatever you like or have on hand. If you don't have sourdough starter to use up, I'm guessing you could use flour and water to make up the same weight (so instead of the 200g sourdough starter you would use 100g water and 100g flour). However, I don't know if the rising capabilities of the starter are necessary or not. So, if anyone does attempt this with just flour and water, be sure to comment and let me know how the bars come out.

200g sourdough starter (100% hydration), straight from fridge
1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped (pitted) dates
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut oil (solid)
2 Tbs chia seeds
1/4 tsp salt

Super easy method:
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8x8" baking dish with parchment paper (letting some hang over the edges for easy removal) and grease the paper.

2. Mix everything together in medium bowl with clean hands to make sure ingredients are well incorporated.

3. Press mixture into prepared baking sheet and bake at 350F for about half hour or until golden brown on top.

4. Let cool a few mins in pan, then pull out and cut into bars or squares.

Pressed into pan

Nicely browned

Stacked full of goodness :)

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