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Cranberry Granola Bars

Posted on January 6th, 2013 @ 9:20 am by Zerker

This recipe is very similar to the Chocolate Granola Bar recipe, but with slightly adjusted proportions. This should work equally well with any other dried fruit. I’m not quite as happy with this recipe, so any suggestions are welcome.

3 cups Rolled (Large Flake) Oats
1 1/2 cups Additional Grains/Cereals
1/2 cup Coconut
1 1/2 cups Dried Cranberries
1 1/2 cup Water
6 tbsp Cornstarch
1/4 cup Liquid Honey
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C)
  2. In a bowl, mix the rolled oats, grains, cranberries and coconut.
  3. Measure the water, and add the cornstarch to the water (keep in the measuring cup). Stir the cornstarch until consistently mixed.
  4. In another measuring cup, measure the honey and add the brown sugar.
  5. Heat a large frying pan/stir fry pan on the stovetop at high heat, then add the cornstarch/water mixture. Stir and wait until the mixture is a consistent gel.
  6. Add the honey and sugar to the mixture and stir until consistently melted.
  7. Add rolled oats/coconut/cranberry/grain mixture and mix until evenly coated. Scoop onto a baking sheet, and flatten/shape as desired.
  8. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.
  9. Cut to desired size.
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Chocolate Granola Bars

Posted on January 6th, 2013 @ 9:15 am by Zerker

And now for the Granola bars. These chocolate ones are my favourite. I use PC Ancient Grain/7 Reasons cereal for my “additional grains”, but you can always use additional nuts/seeds/etc if you aren’t allergic to most of them.

3 cups Rolled (Large Flake) Oats
1 1/2 cups Additional Grains/Cereals
1/2 cup Coconut
1 1/2 cups Chocolate Chips
1 cup Water
4 tbsp Cornstarch
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C)
  2. In a bowl, mix the rolled oats, grains and coconut.
  3. Measure the water, and add the cornstarch to the water (keep in the measuring cup). Stir the cornstarch until consistently mixed.
  4. Heat a large frying pan/stir fry pan on the stovetop at high heat, then add the cornstarch/water mixture. Stir and wait until the mixture is a consistent gel.
  5. Add the chocolate chips to the mixture and stir until consistently melted.
  6. Add rolled oats/coconut/grain mixture and mix until evenly coated. Scoop onto a baking sheet, and flatten/shape as desired.
  7. Bake for approximately 15 minutes.
  8. Cut to desired size.
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Shortbread Cookies

Posted on January 6th, 2013 @ 9:12 am by Zerker

Now for the second cookie recipe: Shortbread!

2 cups Butter, Softened
1 cup Icing sugar, sifted
2 tsp Vanilla
3 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 cup Cornstarch
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F (150 C)
  2. Beat butter on medium speed of electric mixer until light. Gradually
    add icing sugar and vanilla, beating until creamy. Gradually add flour
    and cornstarch, beating until smooth.
  3. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake in centre of 300 F (150 C) oven for 25-30 minutes, or just until
    set and starting to brown around the edges.
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on January 6th, 2013 @ 8:56 am by Zerker

So, just for fun I decided to post some of my recipes. Right now, I mostly just make Granola bars (which will be posted shortly), but I used to bake cookies a fair bit as well. Here is the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that used to be my favourite:

1 cup Butter, Softened
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup White Sugar
1 1/2 cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 cup Water (Hot)
2 cups Oatmeal
1/2 cup Coconut
1 cup Chocolate Chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C)
  2. Cream butter, adding brown and white sugar. Add flour and salt. Disolve
    the baking soda in the hot water, then add the solution to the mixture.
    Mix in Oatmeal and Coconut, then add Chocolate chips.
  3. Drop dough by spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet, flattening as
    necessary.
  4. Bake in centre of 350 F (175 C) oven for approximately 10 minutes.
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