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Am trying to make granola bars using oats, nuts, raisins, etc. For dietary reasons, I have substituted butter with "Smart Balance" spread and brown sugar with a brown sugar/Splenda mixture that was purchased at the store. Have also reduced both brown sugar and honey amounts. (Fake sugar is very sweet, and wife doesn't like honey.)

Taste is pretty good, more than satisfactory, but I really wanted it to come out in bar form. Every time I try to cut it, it breaks into little pieces. What is the main ingredient that holds it together so it can be cut into squares? Or is this a result of improper cooking time/temp?
post #2 of 8
both brown sugar and honey are hygroscopic - they hold onto water - and are often used to "soften" or keep things "softer" (i.e. more moist)

the (1) brown sugar substitution and (2) reduction of sugar and honey may have put it "just over the edge"... resulting in the bars being too crisp to cut

even if over baked to the too crisp point, left "in the open" for a while the brown sugar and honey will collect moisture and help to re-soften them.
post #3 of 8
Is it holding together at all?
If so, bake them in bar shapes.

If you are baking them in bars and they do not hold, your problem is that
Smart Balance has lots more water than butter does,
try clarifying it and getting rid of the water portion.
Then removing the sugar,
sugar melts and then
after caramelization it gets solid, holding your bars together.
bake first, ask questions later.
Oooh food, my favorite!


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bake first, ask questions later.
Oooh food, my favorite!


Professor Pastry Artswww.collin.edu
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post #4 of 8
That depends entirely on the humidity where he lives. It wouldn't work here in my environment.
Palace of the Brine -- "I hear the droning in the shrine of the sea monkeys." Saltair
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post #5 of 8
:rolleyes:

I must not post my first reaction to the title, I must not post my first reaction to the title, I must not post my first reaction to the title.....

Must...not...
post #6 of 8
You and me both. My first guess was a terrible spam message....
Palace of the Brine -- "I hear the droning in the shrine of the sea monkeys." Saltair
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post #7 of 8
This is so hilarous!! It's 4:30 in the morning, and I am getting ready to go to work. I needed this to start my day!! Oh, and a pot of coffee.Thanks DocSmith:lol:
post #8 of 8
I used to have the same problem with my granola bars until I added an egg to the recipe. The egg helps bind mine together and keeps them chewy too. Good luck!

Emily
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Granola Bars

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.
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