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11/23/08 11:24 PM
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jarva
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I have no idea what I am doing, but I have a bunch of nuts which I need to use (*waits for spin*). I read a bunch of recipes online. Most of which use corn syrup, which I am hoping to avoid. Here is what I came up with:

Ingredients
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Grease an 8x8 baking pan.
  3. In large bowl combine granola, almonds, pecans, and peanuts.
  4. In a small saucepan, whisk togther honey, water, and peanut butter over low heat for about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly; whisk in egg white.
  5. Pour over nuts; stir.
  6. Spread evenly in bottom of pan; smooth top.
  7. Bake until top is firm, about 45 minutes; let cool 15 minutes.
  8. Cover; cool in refrigerator overnight.
If I make these will they come out horrible? I am open to suggestions.  
11/24/08 10:40 AM
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I'd be tempted to toss some cocoa in there, but it sounds like it will be pretty good.
11/24/08 10:42 AM
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 Looks a hell of a lot better than the crap they sell in stores; try it and let us know how they turn out.
11/30/08 11:09 PM
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I made these today.  Flavor wise, they taste great.  They don't hold together in bar form very well.  Maybe I will rethink my peanut butter approach.  I'm thinking a layer of peanut butter on the top will help the bars hold together once it cools.

Baking time took more like 45 minutes for the top to firm.
1/17/09 7:18 PM
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I tried these again.  I added 1/2 cup of berries this time (which was a good addition).  They held together well too (I don't think I let them sit in the refrigerator long enough last time).

edited: photobucket deleted my account, so no more pictures :(
1/18/09 9:02 PM
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looks awesome!!!
1/19/09 5:34 PM
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That does look good. Alton Brown has some good ideas on putting together nut/granola bars that stay bars. I'm sure you can play with this for your own needs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHBi-wq_c3E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0uGXGoz8l0
1/19/09 6:22 PM
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1/19/09 6:25 PM
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1/20/09 10:54 AM
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cool episode

thanks for posting
1/20/09 4:09 PM
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Almost time to pull these out of the oven. I added some Sunflower Seeds and Raisins. I'll let you know how they turn out... so far they smell awesome.
1/20/09 6:58 PM
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Well we tried them. Wife, daughter, and I all thought they were fantastic.

Good job with that recipe jarva, I'll be making them again.
2/6/09 8:07 PM
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Made these again today, this time I added some cocoa and spread some peanut butter on top. I don't think it did anything to change the flavor but they're still tasty.
3/8/09 12:11 PM
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Still making these delicious things in my house. Last night my wife made a batch and replaced the peanuts and pecans with roasted soybeans and whole almonds (we didn't have any peanuts or pecans in the house).

They are probably the best to date.

We almost always add some raisins, not sure how much it's just kind of eyeballed, but they are always good eating.
3/8/09 9:31 PM
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Good to hear you and your family are liking the recipe Tys.  I have been making these on a regular basis as well.  They are delicous. 

I've been thinking about mixing in some chocolate chips instead of berries from time to time.  I will have to try some of the variations which you have posted as well.
3/8/09 11:12 PM
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I tried one batch with Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips a couple of weeks ago and they weren't as good as you might think.

So far I'm of the opinion that chocolate in this mixture just doesn't work. Definitely try the Roasted Soybeans though, they're the best so far.

I was thinking of replacing the Peanut Butter with Almond Butter too, but I've never cooked with it, and am not really a big fan of it on taost, so I'm worried it will turn out like Squash Soup!
8/20/09 3:06 PM
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Looks pretty good.  I wonder what a scoop or two of whey protein would do for them?
8/20/09 4:48 PM
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3/31/10 3:52 PM
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Here is the nutrition info which livestrong.com came up with:
Serving Size: 1 bars
Amount per Serving:
Calories 404 Calories from Fat 256.0
Total Fat 28.44 g 43%
Saturated Fat 3.76 g 18%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 165.63mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 56.97 g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4.97 g 19%
Sugars 49.52 g
Protein 19.4 g 38%

Est. Percent of Calories from:
Fat 65%
Carbs 56%
Protein 19%

(sorry for the poor format)
3/31/10 5:18 PM
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Has anyone used livestrong.com for nutrition info? Any idea if that is accurate?
4/4/10 8:58 PM
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Man I may have to do this as I already spend a lot on bars.

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