Even though I have a massive sweet tooth, I’d like to think of myself as healthy. I love going to the gym, which I go to 3 times a week, and I like to eat healthy by making fresh, home cooked meals. So this weekend I thought I would try something a little different in the form of these Honey and Pecan Granola Bars. I’ve never tried to made these before, nor have I ever eaten one myself so the whole experience was a new one for me. But I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed then and how easy they are to make.
- 113g butter
- 130g plain flour
- 260g oats
- 120g brown sugar
- 80g honey
- 1 large egg
- 70g chopped pecans
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C and line a baking tin with greaseproof paper.
- In a small bowl, mix together the oats and the chopped pecans.
- In a separate bowl, add together the flour, cinnamon, salt and baking powder.
- In your stand up mixer bowl (or normal bowl if you are whisking by hand) combine the butter, brown sugar and honey by beating until the mixture is light and fluffy.
- Continue to beat everything together as you gradually add the flour mix. It should almost look like a cake mixture.
- Finally, use a wooden spoon or spatular to carefully stir in the oats and pecans.
- Press firmly into your greased tin and pop in the over for 20-25 minutes until the op looks golden.
Be careful when removing from the tin as it can take a while for it to firm up. Make sure your large slab of granola is cooled completely before removing it from the tin.
These Granola Bars are truly delicious and I was surprised that they are very similar in texture to a cake. I love the cinnamon flavour that is apparent throughout, but is very complimentary against the sweetness of the honey and also the baked pecans. They are a perfect mid morning snack which actually keeps any hunger at bay until lunch time.
These bars are pretty basic with ingredients compared to others. I’ml not a massive fan of dried fruits, but don’t be afraid to throw anything and everything into these bars – dried pieces of fruit, sultana’s, different types of nuts – there are endless possibilities to these Granola Bars which is what I love. You can continue to make then and not be bored of having to have the same type every time!
What would be your chosen ingredients? Are you a fan of dried fruits, or plain and simple like myself? What would make the perfect Granola Bar for you?