Granola bars: binders

My granola bars use sweetened condensed milk and stay together really well and it makes for a dense crunchy/chewy granola bar.

Other binders I’ve heard of:

  • Applesauce (didn’t work by itself very well)
  • Applesauce with egg
  • Peanut butter (or any nut butter)
  • Heating honey and adding peanut butter
  • Sorghum
  • 1 cup of dates soaked in 1/2 cup of water overnight and then blended to a paste (or instead of soaking overnight, use boiling water and let it soak till the water’s at room temperature).
  • Egg, peanut butter, and maple syrup

The internet didn’t always answer binder questions with binder answers, so some of the sweeter ones may just work as sweeteners and not sweetener+binder. Hope this helps. 

And here’s another granola bar recipe that sounds good. http://www.myhumblekitchen.com/2012/11/how-to-make-your-own-better-than-store-bought-chewy-granola-bars-in-any-flavor/

Vegan Chocolate Vinegar Cake

Christine, this is the cake I brought in during Our Town tech and I might have some to share this week.

SUPPLIES: 

  • Large bowl
  • 13×9 inch baking pan

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups of water (I replaced one of the cups of water with a cup of coffee)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 deg F.
  2. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour into an ungreased 9″x13″ pan.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until done. Cool completely, frost as desired.

 

Originally from: http://www.food.com/recipe/mrs-scotts-chocolate-vinegar-cake-345943

Mel’s Granola Bars

Granola Bars with Almonds, Chocolate, and Dried Cranberries

Makes 16 bars (or 24 if you’re trying to be extra good!)

INGREDIENTS
2.5 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup of coconut
1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries or cherries
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

DIRECTIONS
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven until 325 degrees.
Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with vegetable cooking spray.
For bars’ easy removal, line pan bottom and up the two sides with a 9- by 18-inch strip of heavy-duty foil. Grease foil with vegetable cooking spray.
Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl.
Turn into prepared pan and pat down until firmly packed.
Bake until golden brown about 30 minutes. Don’t overbake or it’ll be a monster to cut up. Transfer pan to freezer to cool. When firm, use foil handles to remove bars from pan. Remove foil and use a long, sharp knife to cut bar into 24 1- by 4-inch bars. Can be stored in an airtight container up to 1 week. From http://threemanycooks.com/recipes/nibbles-and-apps/back-to-school-granola-bars/#sthash.graRxDfZ.dpuf

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