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Baking | Wholesome Fruit & Nuts Granola Bars and a Memorable Trip to the Blue Mountain Range

28 May 2012 29 Comments

healthy fruit and nuts granola bars

Never knew that an unplanned and totally unorganized trip could become one of the most memorable vacations for us, acknowledging the golden words  “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu. Just back from a rejuvenating five day trip to the unpolluted & off beat travel trails in the natural surroundings of Blue mountain range- Nilgiri. The breathless pristine beauty of nature, the majestic mountain peaks, innocent mountain people and the fresh air…my lungs worked at full capacity…Aahh, I could spend a lifetime there!

Baked a few granola bars for the trip which came as a very handy breakfast and snack for everyone. I made three different kinds of granola bars with honey, chocolate and dried fruits as the main ingredient. The following recipe is one I baked with honey and loads of dried fruits and nuts.

Baking | Wholesome Fruit & Nuts Granola Bars

Ingredients;

(makes about 6-7 small granola bars)

  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup cornflakes
  • 2 tbsp. wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup organic Palm sugar/white sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped almonds
  • 2 tbsp dried fruits
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. orange peel

Baking | Wholesome Fruit & Nuts Granola Bars

Method; Heat oven to 200 C and line a flat baking tray with parchment paper overlapping the sides.

I added dried cranberries, black currents, blueberries, figs, almonds and raisins in the granola bars.

Chop figs, cranberries and nut very finely. Almonds and walnuts taste great in granola bars. Roast the quick cooking oats and cornflakes on medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Heat the honey, butter, palm sugar and orange juice in a thick pan for 7-8 minutes. Add rest of the ingredients in the above liquid and mix well. If you feel the mixture is too liquid (which could vary due to the quality of honey you use) add 1-2 tsp of oats in it.

Baking | Wholesome Fruit & Nuts Granola Bars

Pour the mixture in the baking tray lined with the parchment paper.

Bake at 200 C for 20-25 minutes.

Let it cool completely before slicing into bars. Serve with a glass of milk for breakfast or as a healthy snack during the evening tea time

 

Baking | Wholesome Fruit & Nuts Granola Bars

The other two easy and healthy granola bars will be on Lite Bite soon…stay connected.

Note;

  1. You can avoid wheat germ and replace the same with either oats or cornflakes in the recipe.
  2. Add dried fruits and nuts of your choice in the granola bars.
  3. Replace palm sugar with white granulated or brown sugar in the recipe if you cannot get the same.

Trip to Nilgiri

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” ~ Lin Yutang

And how wonderful it is to sit together, browse pictures and enliven those moments of travel trails with your family after you are back from a tiring yet fascinating  journey. Here is our recent travel adventures (on my other blog) in the blue mountain ranges of South India;

A Trip to Ooty through the Picturesque Blue Mountain Ranges in Nilgiri – I

A Trip to Charming Coonoor and Kotagiri in Nilgiri – II

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29 Comments »

  • Anita Menon said:

    I make these granola bars often. They look delectable.

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. said:

    These look so good! Have a great weekend!

  • Deepa said:

    Delicious and fulfilling granolas. Pics are like WOW!

    Deepa

  • Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef said:

    These look fantastic! I could eat these whether I was off on an adventure or not. :)
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  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    Granola bars are my latest addiction! This post i making me want to bake some today!
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  • Priya said:

    Fantastic granola bars,looks super chewy and healthy..Hope u had a superb vacation.
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  • Baker Street said:

    That’s a wonderful picture of you and your kids, Sanjee! Granola bars surely make for a fantastic treat. Great post!
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  • Padhu said:

    Very Healthy and yummy and nice pictures
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  • Karriann said:

    My husband is gonna love this! Thanks for sharing :)

    “Happy Cooking”

  • Sayantani said:

    Ooty is a beautiful place for summer vacation, went there twice and loved it both times.
    the granola bars looks awesome. I tried a recipe sometime back but it dint set properly. this looks neat and perfect.

  • dassana@veg recipes of india said:

    this is such a healthy granola bar :-)
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  • Lubna Karim said:

    You have got perfectly shaped bars….they look yum….happy to know that u had great time with u r family…..
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  • rit said:

    so tempting…u r perfectionist.
    a perfect mid day munch…

  • mjskit said:

    After viewing your vacation pictures you obviously needed this delicious energy bars to keep up with everything you did! These look very chewy and delicious! Just like I like them!
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  • Katerina said:

    Perfect bars! I am sure everyone in the family would love them! The photo is so peaceful and beautiful!
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  • bhavana said:

    Not nice, not nice..I don’t know how to bake these things…and I have reading food recipes since morning or stories around food–strawberry and cream, strawberry kheer, eating alone, and now your granola–not fair, not fair….
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  • Julie M. said:

    That sounds like it was a wonderful trip Sanjeeta! I checked out the pictures and loved the one of the three of you peaking from around the tree. Thanks for sharing your travels and your wonderful recipes with us. Those bars look like a perfect travel treat!
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  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said:

    Granola bars are such a great option when traveling, I always love to have some with us when we fly.
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  • torviewtoronto said:

    lovely picture
    delicious looking bars to snack
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  • the wicked noodle said:

    I love the sound of these!! I’ve been making healthier snacks for my girls and I’m adding this one to my list. Thanks!!
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  • Nami | Just One Cookbook said:

    Lots of dried fruits and nuts in these granola bars. I love how you put these in the cute giraffe bowl/plate. After looking at your vacation, I long for having a nice break in some beautiful nature!!
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  • Magic of Spice said:

    These look delightful and I am going to stop over and check out more on your trip :)
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  • Terra said:

    I can’t believe I haven’t stopped by in a bit, I missed your beautiful recipes! Your granola bars look so moist, and full of gorgeous flavor:-) Your trip sounds like it was amazing! Hugs, Terra
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  • Anu said:

    Beautiful recipe…is orange juice recommended?

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Anu, You can replace it with any other liquid, orange juice gives the tangy flavor and taste to the recipe.

  • Anu said:

    At sanjeeta: thanks but can you suggest me if just water is enough or juice is compulsory.? Or this is just an optional?

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Anu, juice adds extra flavor and health factor to the recipe..that’s all..you could replace it with water if you wish.

  • Anu said:

    Ok thank you for clarifying my doubt
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  • Anu said:

    Hey am glad that I tried out this recipe . Came out perfectly .taste wise perfect but the only thing is its still chewy and how did you hold the shape ?

    Thanks fr sharing ur recipe
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