Homemade Granola Nut Bars

Check out the site’s new look! New year in Ohio, new look. I’ve become interested in making my own nut bars, and after doing a lot of research, I got creative with what I found at my local market and some guidelines. Many websites recommended using brown rice syrup as a sweetener.

According to Leite’s Culinaria website, here is the amount of each ingredient to use:

  • 1.5 cups assorted nuts or seeds
  • 1/3 cup brown rice cereal (puffed rice, millet, etc)
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (mangoes, dates, figs, raisins, cranberries, cherries, apricots, and berries)
  • 1/3 cup organic light corn syrup or brown rice syrup
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt

Here’s what I did:

Homemade Nut Bars, Part 1

Ingredients:

Nuts/seeds (1.5 cup total)

  • 3 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 7 tbsp almonds
  • 3 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • 4 tbsp peanuts
  • 2 tbsp soy nuts

Dried Fruits (.5 cup total)

  • 3 tbsp dried tart cherries
  • 5 tbsp dried crystallized pineapple

And the rest

  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/3 cup puffed millet
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper and spray with Pam. Combine the nuts/seeds, cereal, and fruit in a bowl and add the syrup and salt. Toss until well coated. Press the mixture into the baking pan with the back of a rubber spatula. Bake for 17-20 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes in the pan. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into 10 bars.

Calorie count (approximate): 143/bar

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These bars keep tightly wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for 3-4 days, in the refrigerator for 2 weeks, or in the freezer for 1 month. They taste great!

See the ingredients I used for these next variations. My favorite so far is #3.

Homemade Nut Bars, Part 2

  • 5 tbsp almonds
  • 3 tbsp soy nuts
  • 4 tbsp peanuts
  • 3 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 4 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup millet
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/3 cup minus 1/4 cup (about 2 tbsp) honey

Homemade Nut Bars, Part 3

  • 3 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 7 tbsp whole roasted almonds
  • 3 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 4 tbsp roasted peanuts
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp soy nuts
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup puffed millet cereal
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

This recipe makes 12 bars. Calorie count for each bar: approximately 135.

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