Sunday, April 21, 2013

Crunchy oats Bars

Crunchy Oats Bar
Baked oatmeal snack bars,good nutrition and a perfect way to beat a snack craving!!! They combine the goodness of whole grain, with the richness of nuts, raisins to give that complete protein pack,a perfect snack for on the go...
Recently I felt like having Granola bars for snacking. I shopped around to see which one to pick. There are many bars in the market, but either they have too much sugar or high fructose, and preservatives. I did some homework on this and arrived at a recipe for home-made Granola bars, that are packed with proteins too. 
You too can make these , with this easy step by step recipe...

 3 cups Rolled oats (not quick oats) Rolled oats makes it crunchier than quick oats.
2 tablespoon unsalted butter
¼ tsp. salt
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ cup brown packed sugar
¼ cup honey
¼ cup apple juice /almond milk
¼ cup molasses
2 tbsp. wheat germ (optional)
¾ cup chopped nuts, (walnuts, almonds, pistachio, and raisins)
2 tablespoon sunflower seed (or any other seed you like)

Almond milk

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine oats with melted butter, vegetable oil and salt. Bake the oats in the oven on a baking sheet to toast for about 10 to 12 minutes, making sure they don’t burn. Remove and keep aside.
2.Using a sauce pan heat brown sugar over low heat, add in molasses, and apple juice or almond milk. Stir in the honey; continue mixing over low heat for another 5 to 7 minutes.
3. Combine the dry fruits and sunflower seeds with the toasted oats. Add this dry mixture to the molasses (wet mixture) to combine together, mixing well as it will be sticky.
4.Press onto a baking tin or baking sheet pan, greased and lined with foil or parchment paper. Bake in oven for 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven, and let it cool. Using a knife or pizza cutter cut out bars.
Baking Oats

Mixing of ingredients before baking 

Baked Granola Bar's 

Crunchy Granola Bars


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