I made this recipe up last night and after spending loads on commercially made fruit and nut bars like TRIO and KIND (at over $1.25 EACH), I'll never have to buy them again! These are great for a boost of energy when you need it and easy to vacuum seal for on the go. I omitted the sunflower seeds, apricots and golden raisins and added walnuts, cashews, mango slices and chopped dates. These bars were DEVINE!!!! Will pick up nuts during sales, make these up, vacuum seal them and freeze them. Thanks for the recipe! Gonna try a tropical type next time with mango, pineapple, coconut and macadamia. YUMMY!
I had no trouble with them falling apart, but I did make sure to boil the syrup mixture for 1 minutes AND made sure to coat all of the ingredients with the syrup mixture. Be sure to only count the rapid boiling time, not the initial bubbling. Also when you put them in the pan, follow the step of wetting your fingers and packing them in the pan tightly. It does help bond them. I actually pulled up my sleeves and wet my whole hands and packed them in.
I love this recipe, although I have made some changes. The first time I made it I followed the recipe, and it was too sweet and very crumbly. So, I eliminated the brown sugar and increased the honey and peanut butter to 3/4 cup each. I also baked them at 350 for about 10 minutes. They are wonderful, and my husband is devouring them!! ( I do substitute different fruits and nuts that I have on hand)
this recipe was great.easy to make and tasted terrific.make sure you boil the syrup the full minute,maybe even 30 seconds longer
All I have to say is thank you for sharing this recipe. My boys and my husband like them:) just happy I can make these yummy bars:) I had to make some substitution just because one of my kids are allergic to peanuts. I used soy butter instead of peanut butter and took out the nuts. Still great:)
These are delicious! I've made them three times and they were a little crumbly the second time. It could be that I didn't boil the sugar mixture long enough or that I was experimenting with the syrup component and used 1/2 honey and 1/2 corn syrup (I used only corn syrup the other times). I want to try it with agave and brown rice syrup to see how that will impact taste and how well they hold together. I've also only made it with almond butter so far and have gotten great results! Oh, one other thing: I skip the sunflower seeds and use sesame seeds that I toast up first. Instead of putting them in the mixture, I press them on the top after I've pressed the bars into the pan.
I have made several granola bar recipes and was hoping that this one would be good. However, my results were the same as the other reviewer. Mine fell apart and overall did not taste all that great.
This recipe was a disaster which I had to throw away. It just did not get FIRM I even placed it in the refrigerator for 1 hour. I also, tried doubling the syrup mixture but it still fell apart when I tried cutting it. It never hardened for me. What do you think went wrong?