Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sourdough Granola Bars

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Amazingly, both children are still asleep as I type this. Normally they are both early risers - Munchkin at 5:30 and Ladybug around 6 or 6:30. Every morning. But this morning they are both still sleeping, and I am enjoying the peace on the back porch with a cup of coffee. I am seriously enamored with our backyard. Its a big empty slate just asking to be landscaped and loved (I'm dreaming of some cross of a prairie and a country garden!), but what I love is the trees right behind our fence. It gives the illusion of us being in the country somewhere, and is positioned just right to watch the sun rise while peeking through the trees. It is definitely lovely.



This month for Sourdough Surprises we took things to the unexpected and made granola bars! Wow! Who knew you could make granola bars with your stater? And who thought they would be so easy, so versatile and so delicious?! They turned out to be a little on the chewy side (as opposed to crunchy granola bars) but I like that! I had a really hard time deciding what to put in mine, so I kind of did a bit of everything - dried fruit, walnuts, pepitas, oats, flax seed, maple syrup and of course chocolate chips! These are good the day you make them, but the next day they are great (once they have had a chance to really firm up a little and the flavors to come out).



Don't forget to check out all the other delicious sourdough granola bars we made this month! And stop by the Sourdough Surprises blog in a few days to check out what we are making next!





Sourdough Granola Bars (recipe by Jenni)

1/3 cup quinoa (not cooked)
1 cup dried fruit
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup pepitas
1 1/2 cups oats
2 TBSP flax seeds
2 TBSP wheat germ
1/3 cup maple syrup
2/3 cup chocolate chips
1 cup sourdough starter


Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
Press into a 8x8 baking pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
Allow to cool thoroughly, then cut into bars and enjoy!

9 comments:

  1. I'd never have thought to put quinoa in - very clever!

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  2. Do you rinse the quinoa first as you do before cooking it?

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  3. Oh, yum, I love that you used maple. And I'm totally using chocolate chips next time!

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  4. Another great challenge. Glad you got some peace and quiet! Love the quinoa idea, must try that.

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  5. I agree, they are better the next day. What a great idea to use Quinoa - I didn't know it could be used raw.

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  6. I loved this month's challenge. Chocolate chips, why didn't I think to use them? Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. Hi Jenni, what a beautiful porch! Your granola bars look delicious. I actually loved the idea of using sourdough for that. Thanks for the lovely comment!

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  8. Quinoa, awesome! And even more awesome--getting a moment to thyself. Enjoy that backyard, it is lovely!

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  9. Quinoa? Wow. I wish I had thought of that.

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