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Friday, July 24, 2015

Recipe: Coffee Granola and Kaya Granola Bar


Because of monthly BoxGreen arrived~ 

If you follow my Dayre, you'll realise that I bake granola on a daily basis! Heh. So with my new 4 packets of snacks (MacRitchie Midnight, Green Protein Monster, Berry Dark in Here and Cranberry Fusion), I decided to make something special of out them! ^^

Btw, my discount quote for BoxGreen has been changed to 'lirongs20'. So quote this when you checkout to get 20% off!^^



Ok, so for my Granola of The Week (LOL), I've decided to go with Coffee Granola! :D 

Google on the benefits of caffeine if you need to. :) Basically a good amount of caffeine in the body is beneficial, but make sure you don't overdose yourself! 

For this recipe, it's a modification of my previous matcha granola recipe

Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup MacRitchie Midnight snack
1/3 cup Canberry Fusion 
1/3 Berry Dark Here
2 tbsp Coffee powder 
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp oil

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 150 degree Celsius and line a baking tray with parchment paper.  

2. Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.

3. Add in the lightly beaten egg and oil. Toss and mix to ensure the mixture is coated evenly.

4. Spread the mixture on the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes (stir and mix after 15 min). 

5. Let the granola cool before storing in an air tight container. 


Note that I did not use instant coffee pack, I use Common Man Coffee Roasters coffee beans, which of course gives a more authentic coffee aroma. :) 

It was a heavenly combinations! Especially with that melting chocolate chips found in the MacRitchie Midnight snack!

ps: you don't have to strictly follow my ingredient list, you can mix-and-match your favourite nuts and dried fruits! ^^


Next, I finally went on to make my own granola bars!! Yay!!

Hahahaha! 

Confession: I've eaten granola bars before but I've never bought me for myself. One, it's so freaking expensive for a bar? Two, it's not exactly healthy. Meh. 

FYI, store bought granola bars are packed with SO MUCH SUGAR. 

I cannot. 


So make your own ones instead! :D

I did my research online, and my eyes literally went  (x.x)

So many ingredients in it?! So complicated?! 

Ingredients

2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed

1/2 cup toasted wheat germ

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2/3 cup honey

1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup chopped pitted dates

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

1/2 cup dried cranberries

That's an example of recipe I found on the website. I was like no. I'm too lazy for this. Hahaha! I'm going to just make it simple and sweet! :PpP

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the recipe is no good. In fact it has to be fantastic in flavour profile! But busy (or rather lazy) person like me just wants to keep things simple. Heh. 

So presenting my 4 ingredients only granola bar~ 



Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
2 cups nuts and dried fruits
2 small eggs
3 tbsp kaya (A coconut jam found in Southeast Asia)

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180 degree Celsius and line a baking tray with parchment paper.  

2. Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.

3. Add in the lightly beaten eggs and kaya. Toss and mix to ensure the mixture is coated evenly.

4. Spread the mixture on the baking sheet and press down the mixture so that your granola is packed (just make sure that the mixture is evenly distributed, compact and there is no empty space inbetween). 

5. bake for 25 minutes in the oven. Remove from oven when down and allow to cool completely before slicing into square pieces to store in airtight container for up to a week. 


I recommend you put the entire piece into the fridge to sit for an hour after it has cooled. This makes slicing easier.


For the mixed fruits and dried fruits, I did a combination of the snacks from BoxGreen :) So again, don't have to follow my ingredients strictly ya? 

Also, you probably notice that I took away things like butter, salt, honey and whatever not from the online recipe. Well, like I always say, I will always try to make my recipes as healthy as possible. So if I feel that particular ingredient isn't necessary for my recipe, I'll remove. :) 

And you can tell from my picture that my granola bars work perfectly fine! Heh. 


Not as sticky and golden brown (omited butter and honey), but still very yummy!! :D

Wondering why I choose to replace honey for kaya? 

Because..

SG50 right? So a Singapore style granola? Hahaha! 

Ok. Also because I wanted to clear that bottle of kaya which has been sitting in my fridge for the longest time. :P

#killtwobirdswithonestone

Surprisingly, the kaya taste came up really well! I was still afraid that 3tbsp won't be enough. Haha! Also could be that there is no other sweeteners to mask the taste of kaya too. :) 

ps: feel free to replace the kaya with like peanut butter, chocolate syrup, honey or even gula melaka! 


Kaya granola bars or coffee granola for you? :D 

Honestly, I'm a bigger fan of granola bars now after trying this new version of mine. :P

Remember, baking is science, don't be afraid to carry out your own experiments in your kitchen (be safe of course)! You never know what yummy things you'll make! ^^

Cheers,
Lirong. 

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