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Recipe

Granola Bars

Alice Gao

Yield: Yields about 12 bars

These crispy, yet slightly chewy granola bars are endlessly adaptable as long as you keep the ratio of dry to wet ingredients the same. Try the two variations below or create your own granola bar flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten until frothy

Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the hazelnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until the nuts are golden brown and the skins are blistered, about 15 minutes. Working in small batches, rub the still-warm nuts vigorously between your palms to remove their papery skins. Do not worry if some skin remains intact. Leave the oven on.
  • Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. In a food processor, combine the hazelnuts, wheat germ, cinnamon, and salt and pulse just until finely ground, about 20 short pulses. Transfer to a bowl, add the oats, cranberries, and pecans, and stir to combine.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the butter, sugar, peanut butter, and maple syrup over medium heat, bring to a simmer, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour the peanut butter mixture evenly over the oat mixture, stir to combine, and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Add the egg whites to the granola mixture and stir well. Press the mixture into the prepared pan, packing it down with a rubber spatula. Bake until golden brown around the edges and no longer sticky to the touch, 20–25 minutes. Cut into 12 bars in the pan, then let cool for at least 1 hour. Wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 10 days.

For Peanut Chocolate Granola Bars: Substitute 3/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts for the hazelnuts and omit the cranberries. Chill the oat mixture for 15 minutes before adding the egg whites and 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips.

For Very Nutty Bars: Substitute toasted almonds and toasted cashews for the hazelnuts and 1/4 cup each hulled pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds and 2 Tbs. flaxseeds for the pecans. Use coconut oil in place of the butter and almond butter in place of the peanut butter. Add the grated zest of 1 orange with the egg whites.

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