heart and angel wings...
These are THE best granola bars I have made. They are no-bake (other than toasting nuts and coconut), and they are speckled with ground espresso beans. You can enjoy your morning coffee and oats in one bite.
Look closely - the little dark spots are tiny bits of "let's get this day started!"
Go ahead - click on the picture to enlarge the image; you need to see the espresso.
The ground espresso beans give these granola hearts a depth of flavor that compliments the other ingredients in the bar. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I kept going back to the storage tin to have 'just one more' of these bars.
Recipe adapted from Carter of 'the kitchenette' here.
If you want thin bars, use a 9" x 9" pan; thicker bars-use an 8"x8"pan; cute bars-use a heart shaped pan
Espresso Granola Hearts
Toast in 350 degree oven about 10 minutes; watch closely-coconut burns quickly
1 c. pecans (chopped after toasting)
1 c. slivered almonds
2/3 c. sweetened coconut
Let the toasted mixture cool while combining in a pan:
1/2 c. golden syrup (I used a mixture of mostly golden syrup and a little honey)
1/4 c. light brown sugar
1/2 t. salt
2 T ground espresso beans (I used Lavazza Qualita Oro Espresso Ground Coffee)
1 t. vanilla
Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until sugar dissolves.
Combine in a large bowl:
1 1/4 c. oats (not instant)
1 1/2 c. rice krispies
4 T. ground flax seed
Pour liquid over dry ingredients in bowl. Stir until all dry ingredients are well coated. Spread mixture into parchment lined (or buttered) pan. Press firmly on the mixture to compact the ingredients. Let cool for about 2 hours. Slice and enjoy. I wrapped the bars in parchment and stored them in a tin; they were fresh and crisp one week later.