Raw fig and almond bars

July 11, 2010 at 11:10 pm (breakfast, Dessert, Granola & energy bars, unrated, Website / blog)

I felt like baking today, but it was way too hot to turn on the oven. (By 6pm it was about 93 degrees in my apartment.)  In particular, I wanted to use up two small bags of figs and some cocoa nibs.  The once-black figs had become a snowy white–they were covered with a fine, bloomy, powdery layer.  I used to think it was mold but then one day I got brave and tasted it.  If the white stuff is mold it’s a mold that’s a dead ringer for powdered sugar.  I looked around online and eventually found a recipe for raw fig and cherry bars, which (based on the photo) I assume are supposed to be similar in texture and taste to a Lara bar.   I like Lara bars a lot, so I decided to try the recipe, substituting ingredients for the ones I didn’t have.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Homemade Granola Bars

June 15, 2008 at 6:43 pm (101 cookbooks, B plus, breakfast, Dessert, Grains, Granola & energy bars, My brain)

I’m trying to use up all the grains, nuts and seeds, and dried fruit in my pantry before I leave Montreal. Faced with a huge jar of rolled oats, I discovered this recipe on 101cookbooks for Big Sur Power Bars. I’ve always wanted to try to make granola bars / power bars of some sort, so despite the fact that I didn’t have all the ingredients, I decided to give it a try. Below is the recipe I made from what I found in my kitchen, based on Heidi Swanson’s recipe, and my memories of making hundreds of batches of granola back in my days as fast food chef at the House of Commons co-op. Read the rest of this entry »

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