Granola Energy Bars & Eating Lighter (in theory, if not in practice)

Nutrient and calorie dense. Also delicious!

Nutrient and calorie dense. Also delicious!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m part of an on-line baking group, cooking our way through Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi cookbook. Today’s recipe is Granola Energy Bars. Hereafter christened Granola Extremely High Caloric Intake Energy Bars. Why? Read on, mes amis!

I started out using Dorie’s base of 2 cups of oats to 2 cups of dried fruit and nuts. And then I modified the recipe, because of course. Instead of pepitas (which I forgot to put on my shopping list and therefore did not have in the house), I just used more pecans. I used dried cranberries for the fruit, and then I used unsweetened shredded coconut to make it a tad healthier. I mean, you’re adding rice syrup — that should make it sweet enough! And then I mixed in a half cup of chocolate chips. Because sugar from chocolate does not count.

Pre-mixing! The benefits of the oats and nuts cancel out  the calories of the  chocolate and rice syrup, right? I'm pretty sure that's how it works.

Pre-mixing! The benefits of the oats and nuts cancel out the calories of the chocolate and rice syrup, right? I’m pretty sure that’s how it works.

I had read on the Baking with Dorie group site, that others had tried adding chocolate chips, but that they had melted, so I thought I’d let the butter/syrup mixture cool before adding it to the granola. Then I mixed it all up before adding in the chocolate chips just before pressing the mixture into the pan. Did this work? Um, no. I should have let the granola cool after toasting it, but I didn’t, so the mixture turned into a melty, chocolate tinged-and-tasting bowl of yumminess. Melty chocolate? A serendipitious kitchen win for me!

The chocolatey goodness, prior to melting.

The chocolatey goodness, prior to melting.

While I can’t give you the recipe, you can definitely check out the book from the public library. Or buy it! I’m definitely learning some new techniques while baking through this book, so despite my occasional frustration, it’s actually a good book.

I can give you the brief gist of things though: toast, mix, bake, squish, cut, and eat. Er, squish?

That’s right, squishing is integral to the…integrity…of the finished product. The batter/dough/granola-whatever-you-call-it, bakes up light and a tad airy, so you have to squish it all down with a spatula in order for it to stick together enough that you can cut it into bars when it’s cooled.

I cut mine and then decided to spread melted chocolate on top. (Who needs a reason to add chocolate? Not I!)

Chocolate makes everything better. It also hides a multitude of (slightly burned) sins.

Chocolate makes everything better. It also hides a multitude of (slightly burned) sins.

I calculated the calories in each of these bars. Are you ready for this? 365 calories in each leeetle bar. At least in my version of them. They might be choc-a-block full of nutrients, but they’re not a diet food!

The DH and I are trying to eat healthier this season, which means lots of salad. (I do like my salad.) It also means that I’m trying to cut down on the amount of baking that I do. These high-energy bars will have to last me for two weeks. Do you think it’s possible, given my love of midnight snacking? Just thinking about the lack of snacking makes me want to eat another bar. So if you’ll excuse me, off I go to nibble on a chocolate-infused granola bar!

Next Post: Rum balls. So much for healthy! Followed by bulgur salad, repentantly.  

31 thoughts on “Granola Energy Bars & Eating Lighter (in theory, if not in practice)

  1. Adriana

    You are too funny, Margaret. All that nutrition comes with a cost. If it makes you feel better about the 300+ calorie count, chocolate is packed with flavonoids and releases seratonin. 🙂

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  2. Katrina

    I don’t know you, but I like you–I dipped mine in chocolate too! It’s kind of a must and so not-wrong. Besides, I used organic 70% chocolate, so it’s totally healthy. 😉

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  3. Patty

    Oh …chocolate iced granola bars..nice touch, very yummy! They are filling with all those dried fruits, oats and nuts so the calorie count doesn’t surprise me too much..but good to know that eating multiple bars at one sitting might put you over your daily allotment 😉

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    1. Margaret Post author

      Aw, thanks so much, Diane! And yes, bits of baked goods go missing all the time. I blame the DH. My midnight snacking habit has nothing to do with it. *grin*

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  4. Rachelle@caramelizelife

    Ha! You went and did it and dipped them in chocolate! Oh, they look so very good. Next time I won’t tiptoe around and add a few chocolate chips I plan to go bold, as you have done and dip them in chocolate. :0)
    cheers and smiles to you.

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  5. Summer

    covering them with chocolate is brilliant and decadent. I might do that with my next batch or just drizzle if I’m feeling virtuous.

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  6. Nana

    Love your post, very funny. I wouldn’t count these as
    too healthy with or without the chocolate. Yours look
    so good. Definitely a repeat.

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    1. Margaret Post author

      Thanks, Nana! Yeah, they’re not super healthy because of all the sugar, but I figure there’s still a bunch of nutritive value. Better than eating pure chocolate, anyway! And I agree, definitely a repeat!

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