31 March, 2010

Cocoa Orange Granola Bars

Portable snacks are very important in my life. I often find myself in situations where I get hungry very suddenly, but I am far away from home to fix something filling, tasty and healthy. Quite some time ago I have stopped buying foods to go. The stuff on offer just doesn't look appealing to me anymore. The only way out is some snack to take from home, something that can stay in my car and doesn't go rotten in a day or two.
I find granola bars do the trick perfectly. The whole grains and nuts are filling, the sugar of the dried fruit makes me happy and get the blood sugar levels up, and the cocoa and orange peel gives some exquisite flavor.  As it happened today, these little squares got me through yet another automobile showroom incl. test drive, as my much beloved Jeep Cherokee passed away last week. 

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COCOA ORANGE GRANOLA BARS


1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
3/4 cup dried fruit (e.g. apricots, raisins, dates)

1 1/4 cup orange juice 
2 tablespoons honey

Makes ca. 12 squares
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Preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients apart from orange juice and honey until well combined.
In another bowl, combine orange juice and honey. Stir into the dry ingredients until well mixed and let stand for 10-15 minutes.
Spread the batter evenly onto the baking sheet, about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch high. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Alternatively, use a large cookie cutter and press spoonfuls of the batter into it. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

9 comments:

  1. Wie, Dein Auto ist kaputt???? Liebe Grüße von Ines

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  2. These look really good, I might give them a try!

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  3. Yummy! These are similar to my Healthy cookies, check out my blog!
    I want to try so many of your great recipes!

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  4. Perfect snacks! These look great!

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  5. this looks great - ive been experimenting a lot with granola bars and most of the time they come out crumbly - it looks like yours held together well! I'll give it a try!

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  6. i just made these and they are delicious! i love your idea to use cookie cutters to form the bars. mine are heart-shaped :)

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  7. Hi,just came across your blog via a Pinterest link (i think!), I love your amazing range of granola style bars. I have a 'healty vegan' blog that features mainly cake (healthy style), but i'm a bit caked out after Christmas and am planning on creating some more semi-sweet snacks, so these are perfect inspiration! i will be sure to link back if i use some. :-)

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  8. from Judy @ bumbleberrybreeze - Wonderful granola bars- I love sweets like this... just discovered your blog and am really enjoying your posts and recipes- though not a runner, I am a fellow Cherokee fan - family wanted me to give up my 93 Jeep Cherokee but I love her and we are still together!

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  9. Hi Anja- just came across your blog and am really enjoying the visit! My food blog is a little over a year old and I love homemade granola bars... will try this version. I also share your love of Jeeps- I have a '93 Jeep Cherokee that sends you regards!

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