Photograph Credit score: Kathryne Taylor, Cookie + Kate

Pecan Granola Bars

These home made pecan granola bars are a scrumptious snack or good a part of breakfast! Retailer them within the freezer and also you’ll at all times have a healthful snack prepared while you want it. These bars require an hour-long relaxation within the fridge to set. Recipe yields 16 small granola bars.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

1 hour

Course: Snack

Key phrase: american pecans, bars, pecan recipes, pecans, recipes

Servings: 16

Energy: 210kcal

Writer: Kathryne Taylor, Cookie + Kate
  • 1 1/4 cups pecan halves (or 3 1/4 cups pecan halves if making pecan butter)
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats (or old style oats, pulsed briefly in a meals processor or blender to interrupt them up)
  • 1 tsp floor cinnamon (plus extra to style for pecan butter, non-compulsory)
  • 1 tsp advantageous sea salt (plus extra to style for pecan butter)
  • 1 cup pecan butter (home made or store-bought)
  • 1 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Line a 9-inch sq. baker with one strip of parchment paper, minimize to suit neatly throughout the bottom. The parchment paper will make it simple so that you can slice the bars later.

  • For max taste, toast the pecans: In a medium skillet over medium warmth, toast the pecans, stirring regularly (don’t allow them to burn!), till they’re good and aromatic, about 4 to 7 minutes. Switch them to a slicing board to chill. Put aside 16 of your prettiest pecan halves for garnish, then chop the remainder. Put aside.

  • In a big mixing bowl, mix the oats, cinnamon, and salt, and stir to mix. Put aside.

  • When you’re making pecan butter for this recipe: pour 2 cups cooled, chopped pecan halves into meals processor or blender. Then mix the pecans, pausing to scrape down the edges with a spatula typically. The combination might be crumbly at first, however will ultimately mix into super-creamy goodness. You might need to cease and let the combination/machine calm down for a bit simply to be protected. Add a pinch of sea salt and a splash of cinnamon (if utilizing). Mix once more, style, and add extra salt or cinnamon if wanted. Then add the maple syrup and vanilla to your meals processor or blender and mix to mix. If utilizing store-bought pecan butter: in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, measure out 1 cup pecan butter. Prime with ½ cup maple syrup or honey, adopted by the vanilla extract. Whisk till effectively blended. (When you should, you’ll be able to gently heat the liquid combination within the microwave or on the stovetop.)

  • Pour the liquid elements into the dry elements. Use a giant spoon to combine them collectively till the 2 are evenly mixed and no dry oats stay. Add the chopped pecans and stir till they’re evenly dispersed. The drier the combination, the extra agency the bars might be, so stir in additional oats if the combination appears moist. Conversely, if you happen to used a thicker pecan butter, you would possibly have to drizzle in one other tablespoon of maple syrup or honey to assist all of it stick collectively.

  • Switch the combination to the ready sq. baker. Use your spoon to rearrange the combination pretty evenly within the baker. Cowl the underside of a flat, spherical floor (like a brief, sturdy ingesting glass) with a strip of parchment paper (see picture) and pack the combination down as firmly and evenly as attainable. Press the reserved pecan halves into the floor to create 4 even rows and 4 even columns.

  • Cowl the baker and refrigerate for not less than one hour, or in a single day. This provides the oats time to soak up moisture so the granola bars can set. Whenever you’re able to slice, elevate the bars out of the baker by grabbing each ends of the parchment paper. Use a pointy chef’s knife to slice the combination into 4 even rows and 4 even columns (these “bars” stick collectively higher in a sq. form).

  • For portability, you’ll be able to wrap particular person bars in plastic wrap or parchment paper. Bars preserve effectively for a few days at room temperature, however I like to recommend storing individually wrapped bars in a freezer-safe bag within the freezer for finest taste. They’ll preserve for a number of months within the freezer.

Energy: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fats: 15g | Saturated Fats: 1.5g | Sodium: 110mg | Fiber: 3g

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