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Keeping My 2015 Resolutions, How About You?

Tuesdays with Dorie Greenspan, Granola Energy Bars and Caramelize Life

Did you make a new year’s resolution for 2015? I did. And I’m sticking to them. Yes; them. I made more than one resolution and so far it’s going great! The Doriesta’s must have made a few too or either that, or they figured many of us would be deciding after the holidays we could use a healthy recipe to nourish and energize us into keeping our resolutions.

So as you may have guessed, I am focusing on eating smarter. I think I eat fairly healthy already but I know I could eat smarter. Over time my habit of skipping breakfast and having just a coffee has worn it’s way into my daily routine but then I forget to get a good breakfast going until that crazy clock tells me it’s lunch. In our family we use the term ‘HANGRY’ that I now see popping up on t-shirts and posters so maybe we’re not alone. Do you know anyone who gets HANGRY?

Maybe Dorie does because she has come up with a fantastic and healthy way to keep the “Hangries” at bay with her Granola Energy Bars. Dorie, my family will be writing you a personal thank you card for this one.

These granola energy bars, take no time to make and if stored properly will keep for a week (if not eaten before).  Dorie suggests to cut them up into bite sized pieces and serve them with tea (maybe a way to keep the Hangries in us, civilized). I chose to cut them a little larger and store them in a glass container so I could grab and go. Unfortunately, I didn’t cut them soon enough and could have used them on my ski this morning. At the 8k mark I was sloooowwwig down just as my good friend and I were talking about kids eating habits and helping them to make good choices. Old habits die hard and I had to confess that I hadn’t eaten a fantastic breakfast this morning…hence my slower pace. What a good friend I had who, waited for me and gave me a scolding in a motherly way of course- thanks Stew!

 

Run Boris Run- The B Dog skiing Big Valley Ranch - Methow Trails

Run Boris Run

We know who did eat his breakfast and then slyly got another family member to feed him a second. Dog wisdom, Maybe I should follow Boris’s lead.

Dorie’s bars are pretty close to making granola but instead of spreading out the ingredients on a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet, she instructs to firmly press the granola into a parchment lined pan and then bake it.

I absolutely loved the parchment idea because once the bars had cooled I just popped the whole thing cleanly out of the casserole dish. This was an added bonus since we are still without hot water (long story but the short version is no boiler= not hot h2o) and our “Glamping” is going on week two. Maybe I’ll write about that another time, there are a few gems to tell for sure.

 

Caramelize Life makes Granola Energy Bars with Tuesdays with Dorie

Just out of the oven!

Once out of the dish the bars were ready to be cut. At the time I chose the usual long slices but now that I think about it I could have pulled out my sweet cookie cutters and made some fun shapes. If you have a little one at home they would probably really enjoy a specialized energy bar in their lunch. I wonder if my tween and teen would? Maybe I’ll have to test it out… next time. I do plan to put these into my repertoire since they were super quick and easy to make and the ingredient list can be varied to whatever you might have on hand in the pantry. Keeping with the ratio of two cups oats : two cups of your favorite; seeds, nuts,dried fruits and sweets(chocolate chips, cocoa nibs, crystallized ginger,etc) then a binder of brown rice syrup, honey or maple syrup and butter. If you are dying to know the full recipe check out page 238-239 in Baking Chez Moi. 

 

Granola Energy Bars- Tuesdays With Dorie and Caramelizelife

Yum!

 

Tuesdays with Dorie Greenspan and Baking Chez Moi is an open group dedicated to baking through Dorie’s latest books. To see more of the groups experiences with the Granola Energy Bars click on the link.

 

Head Shot Rachelle Rachelle @ Caramelize Life
Making Life a Little Sweeter through Food, Travel and Community

 

 

24 Comments Post a comment
  1. Granola bars is specialized shapes — what a great idea! And your dog is adorbs!

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    January 15, 2015
    • I think it would be fun! I guess it all depends on how they turn out. Some in the group said their bars were hard to slice but mine were easy. Thank you, he’s a pretty sweet guy.

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      January 15, 2015
  2. Good job! Keep it up!

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    January 15, 2015
  3. cakelaw #

    These were good, weren’t they. The parchment makes it easy to cut the bars. Love the photo of Boris!

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    January 15, 2015
    • Hi Cakelaw, yes, agreed these are amazing, I say that as I nibble on one now …with my coffee ;0)
      And I will forever be doing the parchment technique, it makes it cinch!
      Thank you, he is a sweet pup and happy to get out and play anytime.

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      January 15, 2015
  4. Since I’ve made these I haven’t skipped breakfast in a week. It’s just so easy to just grab a bar and go.

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    January 15, 2015
  5. After hearing about your week in my comments, I don’t feel so bad. No thank you to cold showers! Boris looks very happy! What a cutie!

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    January 15, 2015
  6. My idea of roughing it is a hotel without room service! I could never last a week without hot water and I cringe just thinking about it. These bars are so easy to make, I think we all will be looking back at the recipe and baking them again.

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    January 15, 2015
  7. Love the idea for the special cookie cutter shapes! I will have to try that sometime! Then again, we eat these so fast (who can keep them around for an entire week?!?) I don’t know that it matters. 🙂 I am one of those people who gets hangry, so I feel your pain! I tend to get that way right before dinner due to the long stretch after lunch!

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    January 16, 2015
    • Hi Prof Who Cooks, I am seeing your comment now and am not sure how I missed it. After I had that thought about cookie cutters for the granola bars I’ve carried it onto my brownies too! Yes, I have no idea why but between 3-5pm I am ravenous even if I’ve had lunch. Our local bakery knows us well ;0)
      happy baking to you.

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      January 23, 2015
  8. So Boris looks like an amazing dog. I love how happy he looks running beside you. I was certain that you mentioned homemade dried tangerines elsewhere-did you happen to put these in? Do you have a recipe for them? It’s still citrus season here in AZ and I have an abundance.

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    January 17, 2015
    • Hi Golden Life Phx, you are a good judge of canines. He is such a wonderful guy. Sweet in nature and full of energy. You must have been reading my mind. I talked about caramelized ginger but not tangerines, however, I have a post coming up on just that! Stay tuned :0)

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      January 17, 2015
  9. Your granola bars look wonderful!

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    January 17, 2015
  10. Looks good. This is a wonderful recipe to play with. Will be making again, and again. Cute pup, and plate!

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    January 23, 2015
    • Thank you Cathleen, indeed this recipe will be making the “cut” for our snack rotation. The plate was a wonderful christmas gift this year I’m loving it. Boris is a sweetheart, my shadow and up for anything. cheers!

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      January 23, 2015
  11. Those bars look amazing and similar to the Oh She Glows, Glow Bars.

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    January 25, 2015
    • Hi Jen, thank you… they were delicious and we’re out now, looks like I’ll have to make some more! I will have to check out the Oh She Glows, Glow Bars, I don’t know about them. All the best to you.

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      February 11, 2015

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