Choose Your Own Adventure: 5-Minute, No-Bake Granola Bars
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Vicky April 11, 2015
Why would you use brown rice syrup - it's a concentrated sugar source made from brown rice which has been shown to contain worrisome levels of arsenic. Some brown rice in the diet is ok as a whole food source but this is a very processed product. Agave nectar is quite high in it's Fructose content - people started choosing it because it has a lower glycemic index but that is only because of it's higher fructose ratio. I would recommend pure maple syrup as the best choice.
Franca November 27, 2014
I made these a while back and unfortunately they didn't go over very well at my house. They came out to soft, and kind of raw tasting according to my kids.
Marta September 1, 2013
Hello - I love the sound of these bars, but I wonder what would make a goof alternative to nut butters, in order to make something school-yard friendly? Tahini is the only thing that comes to mind, but I'm not sure it would taste as nice. Any other ideas?
Andrea D. July 10, 2013
These look simple and amazing! I've tried granola bars before with not-so-awesome results... now I have to try yours!
Lolobelle May 19, 2013
can you give me some idea of the nutritional value of one of these delicious looking bars?
Foodiewithalife May 19, 2013
I love homemade granola bars! This looks the perfect snack for a summer bike ride.
Jennifer W. May 19, 2013
sounds delicious! thanks for the recipe, I have been looking for something like this for a long time, quick and easy. I realize it has nuts already in the butter but being the bad girl I am I would add some pecans or almonds along with dates into the mix.
Tina T. May 16, 2013
Something to consider about agave nectar, it's not as healthy as it's been portrayed. It's 90% fructose, and is low-glycemic because it's processed by the liver, but the high fructose content can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-jonny-bowden/debunking-the-blue-agave_b_450144.html.
Gena H. May 17, 2013
Tina, I'm certainly not one to tell you that agave is a healthy food. It is a concentrated sweetener, like all concentrated sweeteners, so there's a time and a place for it! It is, though, a convenient vegan alternative to honey, and less pricey than maple syrup.
laurenlocally May 16, 2013
Just tasted these in our swanky test kitchen here at Food52 and there were really delicious. Creamy not at all tacky.
copywolf May 16, 2013
Any chance you could use maple syrup instead of brown rice or agave?
Kenzi W. May 16, 2013
You can! I've tried it and they came out great. If you don't follow a strict vegan diet, you can also experiment with honey.
Beautiful, M. May 16, 2013
what kind of sweetener and how much?
Marian B. May 16, 2013
Sorry about that -- the recipe has been updated! It calls for 1/2 to 2/3 cup agave nectar or brown rice syrup (depending on how well things stick together).
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