Jubilation Granola Chews – Project Pastry Queen

April 1, 2012

jubilation granola chews

This is my latest entry for Project Pastry Queen.
Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients. These come together very quickly and are fairly easy to make.

These bars are delicious, not too sweet, and full of nutritious oats, almonds, seeds and dried cranberries.

I stayed very true to the original recipe. I only changed the sweeteners a bit because the original recipe called for a lot of honey, which I find to be too strong of a flavor.

You can play with the combination of nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Try substituting pecans or pistachios for some of the almonds, or chopped dried apricots for the cranberries. Any kind of nut butter can be used instead of peanut butter.

Also, these are gluten-free, and if you use coconut oil instead of butter, they are vegan.

If you don’t have sliced or slivered almonds, you can chop whole almonds in a food processor.
jubilation granola chews

Boil the sweeteners until they reach soft ball stage.
jubilation granola chews

Spread the dry ingredients onto two baking sheets and lightly toast them in the oven.
jubilation granola chews

Bake until very lightly browned.
jubilation granola chews

Mix everything in a large bowl.
jubilation granola chews

Firmly press the mixture into the prepared pan.
jubilation granola chews

Slice into bars, and enjoy!
jubilation granola chews

Jubilation Granola Chews
Based on a recipe from Rebecca Rather’s The Pastry Queen

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup agave nectar or honey
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil
1/3 cup peanut butter (preferably freshly ground)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cups almonds, sliced or slivered (or you can use a food processor to roughly chop whole almonds)
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 cup dried cranberries or golden raisins
1/4 cup golden flax seeds

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, agave nectar or honey, and water in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer approximately 8-10 minutes until it reaches soft ball stage, 234° to 240° on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in the butter or coconut oil, peanut butter and vanilla.

Spread the oats, almonds, coconut, sunflower and sesame seeds on 2 baking sheets. Bake for 7-10 minutes, stirring once, until lightly browned. Place in a large bowl and add the cranberries and flax seeds. Pour in the syrup mixture and stir to combine. Cool for about 30 minutes, then pour into prepared pan. Press the mixture evenly and firmly into the pan, using a sheet of waxed paper or plastic wrap to prevent your hands from sticking. Cool another 30 minutes, or longer, before cutting into bars.

Makes 16-24 bars, depending on how large you cut them.

jubilation granola chews

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda April 2, 2012 at 6:15 am

Wow, your bars look so professional! I like how you did the step by step photos.

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Joel Koch April 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Missy, I am so proud of you! I love this new blog site. This is exactly what you needed to share your love for good food. And to anyone reading, these bars are incredible. I had them a couple of weeks ago.

Enjoy!

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