Need granola bar recipe, por favor
I've tried at least 40 different recipes, and each one has ended up crumbly, un-cuttable. Various binders have included honey, syrup (or combinations thereof), agave, fruit nectars, and others I've surely forgotten. Any hints/recipes/rescue from crumbledom? I'm to the point where I (jokingly) told Mr. Pine I was ready to add in some Elmer's glue.
Love the Elmer's glue comment, pine time.
I've been there too on nailing the right combo and here's what I've learned.
Don't start with the dry ingredients; start with the sticky. And, my #1 sticky ingred. is fruit pulp. Mashed dried (but moist) apricots, figs, dates. Alone or in combo. Get that pulp good and mashed, sticky heaven and to that add your oats, brown rice puffs, nuts, dried fruit pieces, etc. Then bake hot (400F) but quick (no more than 10-15 mins) and cool completely before cutting. Once cut, individually wrap bars and store in frig. If you want to add agave, honey, rice syrup, etc. do that as a last resort by judging how "sticky" your granola mix is PRIOR to baking. The baking is just to create a seal. The ingredients don't need to bake (again) and the drying culprit is over baking already prepared ingredients.
Make a small batch and experiment.
re: pine time
here is the one that I used as a guide, first time ever making granola bars, they turned out really well, stayed together and stayed soft and fresh in container for almost 3 weeks. Didn't even get around to freezing them as I intended. I also added pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, raisins, flax seeds, goji berries and almonds. I also skipped the brown sugar, used more egg whites and used maple syrup as my sugar (didn't need as much because of the chocolate chips.
Here is what I have been using for years, it produces chewy, cuttable bars. We have one every morning for breakfast. I cut this into 10 bars:
2 c oats
½ c wheat germ
½ c almond meal
½ c flour
¾ c dried fruit
½ c nuts
½ t cinnamon
½ t salt
2-3 T honey
½ c unsweetened applesauce
1 t vanilla
Mix wet ingredients. Add to dry ingredients and pat into a pan lined with tin foil, about 8x8". Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.