In part two of my homemade travel breakfast project, I made some more traditional granola bars – oats, nuts and dried fruit stuck together with molasses and honey.
I learned several things in the two versions of these I’ve made so far. One is that honey is a much better glue than molasses. The second is that smaller pieces of nuts, oats, etc. stick together better and are less likely to fall apart later. Both of these are pretty much logically obvious now that I think about them, but as usual I opted for a more trial and error approach at the beginning. I like to mix things together and see what happens.
Anyway, here is version 2:
DIY Granola Bars
Mix together in a bowl: 1 cup oats, coarsely ground; one cup walnuts, coarsely ground; 1/2 cup raisins, a pinch of salt.
Heat in a large skillet until warm and liquid: 2 Tablespoons molasses & 2 teaspoons honey. Turn off the heat.
Pour the oat mixture into the skillet and stir until everything is coated. Pour out onto a piece of parchment paper and shape into a round or square about 1/2 inch thick with your hands, spatula, rolling pin, etc. Cut into bars, sticking any bits that fall off back to the outsides, and leave to cool and firm up. Once they are holding together, you can transfer them to a rack and leave for a while to release any moisture trapped between them and the parchment, before packing them away in a tin or baggies.
These are holding up pretty well so far, they crumble a bit but you can stick them back together.
Adding more honey and less molasses would make a firmer bar, also good if molasses is not your favorite thing. Bryan claims my current version is for molasses lovers only. They taste good to me, but then I could eat it with a spoon!
You could also get a more robust bar by using more oats in proportion to nuts, as they seem to stick together better. Again, this could become a platform for whatever nuts, fruits and spices you like and want to add! I think these could be fun to make with kids as well, I may try it out the next time I see the nieces.
If you missed part 1, DIY Fruit and Nut Bars, click here or just scroll down to the previous post.