If you have tried making a granola bar and it ends up dry and crumbly, you are not alone. With the amount of dried grains, especially oats, combined with heavy nuts and dried fruits in a granola recipe, it sometimes seems like there isn't enough honey in the world to keep it together. There are a few culinary tricks, however, to keep your granola in one piece.
Things You'll Need
- Butter or margarine
- Small saucepan
- Nut butter
- Baking tray
Make sure you use enough fat and sugar to the proportion of grains, nuts and fruits you are using. Use equal parts butter or margarine, sugar and oats or grains. Add twice as much honey as grain.
Melt the fats and sugars together instead of combining them into the granola separately. Melt the butter, sugar and honey over low heat in a small saucepan. Stir into the granola once combined.
Add nut butter to the mixture. Peanut, almond or cashew butter will provide some more stick to your granola and prevent it from crumbling. Use equal parts honey and nut butter to your granola.
Bake your granola on a greased baking tray for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees F.
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