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Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Granola Energy Bars

Dorie Greenspan granola bars Baking Chez MoiThis week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is one you might be surprised to find in a French baking book: homemade granola (muesli) bars. But Baking Chez Moi is full of these fabulous homemade treats – humble, not necessarily fancy but always delicious.  These bars would definitely make Dorie’s friends wonder “Why would you bother making these at home?” (as she says, many French people simply don’t bake at home – which I totally understand, surrounded by so many fabulous treats that are so accessible, why would you?)  Well, to that, I say, make these bars and you’ll understand why.

There’s nothing more satisfying than the act of transforming simple ingredients into something tasty which is why I love baking so much.  These bars took about 10 minutes to pull together, 25 minutes to bake, a couple of hours to cool – so really not much hands-on time at all yet a whole week’s worth of granola bars for my mid-morning snacks (and then some!). These will keep me going this week during report card writing! I loved that they reminded me of the muesli bars of my childhood – back when they mostly just contained simple ingredients, as opposed to some of the protein pumped-up versions we see today.

Mine have sunflower and pumpkin seeds, cranberries, golden raisins and coconut as the main ingredients but there are so many other combinations you could try. I’m thinking dark chocolate, coconut and cherry for my next round. Yes, I am already thinking about the next batch and I have barely made a dent in these!  A couple of notes: I used 1/2 golden syrup, 1/2 light corn syrup as my binding agent (Dorie calls for brown rice syrup which I am out of) – this worked really well – and they are not too sweet, which I like… I also, in my sinus headachey and jetlagged state, misread the recipe (multiple times!) and used quick cooking oats instead of old fashioned large flake and while the consistency was perhaps a little more dense, they worked. Next time I will use the right oats 😉

Warning: they are “more-ish” so you might need to ration them. Yes, they are healthier than store-bought because you know exactly what’s going into them but they are very energy-dense so a little bit goes a long way.

Get Dorie’s recipe for granola energy bars here  or on page 328 of Baking Chez Moi.

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48 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie (Baking Chez Moi): Granola Energy Bars

  1. Cher January 13, 2015 at 07:31 #

    It was kind of like eating my morning cereal, but in a bar form 🙂
    I did find these to be very good, but I had trouble baking them to the right consistency. (Firm on top, not fully set on the bottom)

    • Mardi Michels January 14, 2015 at 08:12 #

      Hmm I didn’t have that problem but I did over-bake mine a tad. What pan did you use – perhaps that makes a difference (I used a brownie tin).

  2. Adriana January 13, 2015 at 08:08 #

    I like that they are energy dense…. Not many bars tide me over from breakfast until lunch! I love that they keep well for a whole week too. It didn’t occur to me to minify this one.

    • Mardi Michels January 14, 2015 at 08:11 #

      Yes I love how these bars tide me over for so long -can’t say that about many!

  3. Ei January 13, 2015 at 10:05 #

    These were so satisfying! Easy and better than storebought? A definite repeat!

  4. Patty January 13, 2015 at 10:44 #

    These granola bars are highly snackable and I will be making another batch with dried cherries in place of the cranberries, yum….

  5. Diane Zwang January 13, 2015 at 11:22 #

    Everyone seems to be talking about energy dense with these bars. The whole grains definitely fill up your tummy. But the calories, I calculated it for 12 servings, is only 190. Far less than any muffin or other store bought bar. I hope you feel better soon.

    • Mardi Michels January 14, 2015 at 08:08 #

      Oh I didn’t mean they were too calorific – more that hey, I could easily eat two of these which is not 190 calories 😉

  6. Coco in the Kitchen January 13, 2015 at 13:21 #

    I could easily eat my weight in these.

  7. KarenP January 13, 2015 at 18:08 #

    We enjoyed these too. What I love about them (besides how tasty they are!), is that I know exactly what the ingredients are. I will be making these again!

    • Mardi Michels January 14, 2015 at 08:03 #

      I love these for that reason too. So easy to know what you are eating!

  8. Cathleen | My Culinary Mission January 13, 2015 at 18:10 #

    “More-ish” is right! These were so good. And I like the picture of your bars.

  9. Zosia January 13, 2015 at 19:02 #

    They were delicious weren’t they. Good to know that the corn syrup and Lyle’s combination works.

  10. Tami January 13, 2015 at 19:18 #

    Okay – that’s it….time to purchase Baking Chez Moi!!!!

    Good-bye Carmen’s Museli Bars (the healthiest I could find in the supermarket) and welcome Dorie’s Granola Energy Bars 🙂

    Thanks for the heads up on the golden / corn syrup combo as I am absolutely certain brown rice syrup will be an unknown commodity in Mount Isa.

    • Mardi Michels January 14, 2015 at 08:01 #

      I think the combo is good – all golden syrup might be too much!

  11. Margaret January 13, 2015 at 20:00 #

    More-ish is exactly the right word! And I love your chocolate cherry coconut flavor suggestion!

  12. Kayte January 13, 2015 at 20:02 #

    Your bars look wonderful, and I am happy to see you had extra bits around them as well as I thought I was doing something wrong when the bits were sort of coming off here and there. 🙂 It’s been fun to see all the different sizes and shapes people are using this week, all the bars look unique!

    • Mardi Michels January 14, 2015 at 08:01 #

      Yeah I wondered about the “extra bits” – they were hard to cut and I think next time I might take them out of the oven a smidge earlier so they are softer. Bits or not, they were tasty, huh?

  13. Katrina January 13, 2015 at 23:45 #

    I love it–put some high energy ingredients together with something sticky (I used raw honey once and brown rice syrup once)–and you have a great snack. Had to add a little chocolate to mine. I was thinking of purposely using quick oats, so good to know it worked.

    • Mardi Michels January 14, 2015 at 08:00 #

      Chocolate – yes! I love the chocolate dipped idea too!

  14. Cakelaw January 14, 2015 at 04:10 #

    Chocolate, coconut and cherry – yes please! But this original version was absolutely delish too.

    • Mardi Michels January 14, 2015 at 07:59 #

      Agree that the original was great – love how easy this is to customize!

  15. Leah January 14, 2015 at 15:38 #

    I loved the simplicity of this recipe as well. You’re right about the energy density, but I ate half of them in two days!

    • Mardi Michels January 15, 2015 at 09:16 #

      Ahem. Yes much will power was called upon with these around!

  16. meagan | baking in bawlmer January 14, 2015 at 17:27 #

    Lovely photo (as always!).

  17. Rachelle January 15, 2015 at 00:16 #

    I highly recommend doing chocolate and dried cherries, those two ingredients blended well in my bars and it was just by chance it was what I had on hand in the pantry.
    cheers!

  18. Mr. Neil January 15, 2015 at 08:37 #

    Yeehaw – bars where every ingredient is pronounceable. Granted we generally buy super-healthy bars, but anything homemade will be better as no need for preservatives and the like.

    Witness the fact when I got home from work last night, it took all my willpower not to gobble the last two, thus depriving Mardi of her next day’s snack. (And suffering wrath thereof…) 😉

    • Mardi Michels January 15, 2015 at 09:15 #

      I do think these taste even better than even the super healthy bars!

  19. Monica January 15, 2015 at 10:58 #

    Confession time: I’m currently developing a “protein pumped” snack bar with hemp and seeds. Don’t judge! These look awesome and I totally get what you’re saying on simplicity. Maybe I don’t need to pump my bars full of protein… maybe I need to take a page from Life According to Mardi and pump those bars full of love!

    • Mardi Michels January 15, 2015 at 11:00 #

      No but hemp and seeds would be fabulous too! The great thing about these bars is the way you can customise them according to what you have on hand/ what you prefer in a bar! I was thinking of upping the protein content next time around too!

  20. Kathy January 16, 2015 at 08:32 #

    These bars were definitely a winner for me! We totally enjoyed them! Yours look fabulous!

    • Mardi Michels January 17, 2015 at 08:52 #

      Thanks – I am enjoying one from my second batch right now!

  21. Summer January 16, 2015 at 14:49 #

    these look absolutely delicious! I have been a fan of coconut chocolate and cherry ever since we did the Rugelach but how brilliant to translate it to granola bars.

    • Mardi Michels January 17, 2015 at 08:49 #

      I can confirm that this is a wonderful combo!

  22. Nana January 16, 2015 at 20:20 #

    So easy to make, so delicious, and definitely a repeat.

  23. La Cuisine d'Helene January 18, 2015 at 19:35 #

    Hi Mardi! After I saw your post I baked them today, since I have the cookbook. I did bake 25 mins at 325F. They are over baked. Now it is like granola and it crumbles. We decided to eat the crumbles with almond milk this afternoon and it is delicious. I will make them again but will bake 20 minutes. Maybe it’s my oven that is not calibrated.

    I used maple syrup and added 70% dark chocolate cut into small pieces.

    Thanks for sharing now I think I might join this group since I have the cookbook.

    • Mardi Michels January 18, 2015 at 19:49 #

      I imagine they would be crunchier with just maple syrup as the binder. They really need something like corn syrup of brown rice syrup to make them chewy. 25 minutes at 325˚F was fab for the batch I baked yesterday using a combo of brown rice/ corn syrups.

      • La Cuisine d'Helene January 19, 2015 at 11:12 #

        Thanks so much Mardi I will try it again with corn syrup. I don’t have any brown rice syrup in the house.

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