Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Granola Energy Bars

granola energy bars

Fig and Pecan Granola Energy Bars

I’ve liked granola bars for as long as I can remember.  Could it be the candy-like wrappers?  The combination of sweet and salty?  Their magic hunger killing powers when enjoyed with coffee, tea, water, soda?  They are so convenient I always have a box or two at home and at work.  Although I have made ‘loose’ granola at home before, this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, Granola Energy Bars, was my first time baking and slicing it into bars.  It won’t be the last.  No brand that I know of has come up with apricot macadamia or fig and pecan varieties.  And those are just the flavors I thought up with this week!

Dorie suggests a using a mixture of 2 parts old fashioned oats, to 1 part dried fruit and 1 part nuts .  These granola energy bars are bound together with brown rice syrup and a couple of tablespoons of butter.  It was the first time I stocked up on brown rice syrup.    Per volume, brown rice syrup is one half as sweet as sugar.  Its thicker texture also binds granolas better than honey, maple syrup or agave.  Upon first smell, I was afraid the brown rice aftertaste would be too strong in these, but my fears were unfounded.  The tablespoon of vanilla, along with the butter, nuts and figs muted the rice-y flavors in the syrup.  I was happy to have that jar of sweetener on hand.  I ran out of sugar after baking last week and it was a perfect alternative to stronger flavored honey for a sauce.

granola energy bars

Tuesdays with Dorie is an online baking group where home bakers from all over the world work their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi and Baking with Julia.  Check out other delicious varieties of granola energy bars inspired by Dorie’s recipe here.  

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

26 Responses to “Tuesdays with Dorie BCM: Granola Energy Bars”

  1. January 13, 2015 at 6:54 am #

    Aren’t these good? I’m already excited for my mid morning snack today!

  2. January 13, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    These were good, but I did struggle with baking them to the right consistency.
    My take-away from this one was the introduction of brown rice syrup. It was a pleasant surprise on the ingredient front…

  3. January 13, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    I want to try the brown rice syrup, but can’t justify buying a bottle until after we move during the summer, because I KNOW I won’t use it up by then.

  4. January 13, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    Aren’t these granola bars good..way better than store bought?
    Good to know I can use my jar of brown rice syrup instead of honey..will have to try it in a bread recipe. Love figs..will try that next time I bake these granola bars 😉

  5. January 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    Great combination of dried fruit and nuts you came up with. The beauty of this recipe is that you can customize. It seems to be a winner with all.

  6. Maria Aponte
    January 13, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    Qué rico! Tengo que probarlas.

  7. January 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    I bet the fig was wonderful in these! I used apricot, golden raisins, and cherries, and found them to be quite tasty. Will be making these again. Will have to get some figs!

  8. Lovie Bernardi
    January 13, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

    I love the close up photos!

    • January 13, 2015 at 7:08 pm #

      I finally got the real camera out, after months of iPhone pictures!

  9. January 13, 2015 at 7:57 pm #

    This was my first time making granola bars also. Yours look wonderful and the fig-pecan combination sounds particularly delicious.

  10. January 13, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

    Apricot macadamia granola bars sound great, and your current ones looks fab!

  11. January 13, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    I just love it when people give some little facts in their posts, so all that about the brown rice syrup was nice to read and to know for the future. Your bars look wonderful, and I love the fig idea…that’s happening next time here. 🙂

  12. January 13, 2015 at 11:01 pm #

    Definitely fun to have something that can have so many flavor options. I didn’t love the brown rice syrup and made these twice, with honey the second time. I have to put chocolate in everything. 😉 The apricot macadamia sounds good!

  13. January 14, 2015 at 1:23 am #

    Great photos of beautiful bars! I am going to have to try apricot macadamia. That sounds wonderful!

  14. January 14, 2015 at 5:07 am #

    Fig and pecan – yum! Great combination.

  15. January 14, 2015 at 6:41 am #

    Lovely bars! I do so want to try with brown rice syrup the next time, that is, if I can find it! These bars are delicious. I’m enjoying it all on my own, and I’m down with only 3 bars left!

  16. January 14, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    Your bars look great and I like the way you staged your pics! I will be looking for brown rice syrup for its binding ability. My bars were pretty loose!

  17. January 14, 2015 at 4:29 pm #

    Your bars look great! Love the balancing act in the pix!

  18. January 14, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    Adriana, Your bars look perfect! I had some trouble with my first batch…so after I fed them to the animals, I tried again! Loved them, but now I have to get some brown rice syrup for next time!

  19. January 15, 2015 at 1:06 am #

    Your choice of ingredients sound delicious! I had figs in the pantry and almost threw some in but didn’t. Now, I want to make some more and with figs!
    Happy Baking

  20. January 15, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

    wasn’t it fun to have a recipe that practically begged to be changed? reading the combinations everyone tried is sure to inspire future batches of these bars!

  21. January 15, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    Apricot-macadamia nut! Swooon!

  22. January 16, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    This was my first time with brown rice syrup as well and I loved that it wasn’t as sweet as honey/corn syrup! Your other ideas sound fabulous and, of course, the bars look great!

  23. January 16, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

    I love your flavor combination!! Lovely photos too!

  24. January 16, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

    So good and so many ways to change it up. I loved the brown rice syrup, completely
    new item for me, will definitely repeat this recipe.

  25. January 31, 2015 at 11:42 pm #

    I still have these on my to do list. I want to make a gluten-free vegan version for Kevin when he goes to the gym. It’s ridiculous how tiny the commercial ones are and how expensive they are, too. I love the flavour combination you came up with!

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