Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Granola Bars - Sourdough Surprises

Is there anything that a sourdough starter cannot be used for?  Don't answer that. If you say "no", I might be heartbroken. I must say that I was shocked when I heard about sourdough granola bars for Sourdough Surprises this month. But that shock turned into excitement. I love granola bars. Occasionally I make loose granola in my slow cooker but I have never made the mixture into bars.

These granola bars are extremely simple. I love that you can put pretty much anything into granola bars. I simply used ingredients that I had on hand and they were great. I made these relatively thin and tried to use as little honey as possible. Increase the honey if you prefer things to be sweet. It's a tricky balance with the honey - too little and the bars may be too crumbly. Too much and it may be sweeter than you would  like for a quick breakfast/snack bar.

Sourdough Granola Bars

96 g (1/2 cup) rolled oats
59 g raisins
50 g shredded coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
96 g (6 tablespoons) crunchy peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
100 g 166% sourdough starter


Preheat oven to 350 F
Combine oats, raisins, coconut, and cinnamon. Warm peanut butter (~30 seconds in a microwave) and stir in honey. Add along with starter to oat mixture.

Press mixture into an 8" x 8" pan. Bake 20 - 25 minutes.

Score while warm and then slice completely when cool. Keep in an airtight container.


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  1. They look a lot more like regular granola bars than mine do! I wish I'd thought to microwave the nut butter - I had to use the stand mixer on mine, and I think that made my starter go all gluteny and made for a bread-like dough, rather than a granola bar.

    1. It also helped that my starter isn't thick. But yes, warming the peanut butter makes it much easier to mix evenly.

  2. Oh, yum - I love that you added coconut. I should definitely use that next time. And crunchy peanut butter was a good choice, too! YUM!

    1. Thanks! It made to for the fact that I ate the nuts that I had intended to add.

  3. I loved this challenge! Your bars sound so good with the coconut and the crunchy peanut butter. Yum!

    1. Wow - granola in the crockpot? I'm going to have to check that out! Does it get crunchy or stay moist? Your granola bars sound good too.