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I have a great granola bite recipe but they crumble easily. what can I use as a binder?

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I found a great recipe for granola bites that uses mainly oat flour, coconut oil, and honey with various seeds and dried fruit added in. they are delicious, but crumble and fall apart when you eat them. What can be used as a binder keep them from falling apart? I found this recipe and a vegan website, so if there is a way to bind these granola bites and still keep this recipe vegan that would be preferable.

asked by Kylie Goo about 2 years ago
6 answers 813 views
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drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added about 2 years ago

I think I'd use a nut butter in place of the coconut oil. (The oil is probably what makes them crumble.). If you want the coconut flavor, add in unsweetened coconut chips. (I like them toasted.)

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boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added about 2 years ago

I use peanut butter, but any other of the nut butters, such as almond, would work just as well.

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HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

added about 2 years ago

I don't think this recipe is vegan if it has honey in it. I think maybe using a brown rice syrup could help with the binding. If you aren't too strict about it being vegan, eggs whites might also help with the binding. I also think that you can replace the sweetener (honey) with some pureed dates (?).

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added about 2 years ago

I make this recipe almost weekly and they always stick together. I mix up the ingredients a bit (I don't use crisped rice and I add a ton of dried fruit) but the binder works perfectly. As someone mentioned earlier, if the recipe has honey in it, it isn't technically vegan, but if that doesn't bother you that's perfectly fine.

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added about 2 years ago

Ha, forgot to add the link - http://www.foodnetwork...

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added about 2 years ago

Try a chia seed + water mixture maybe? Often vegan recipes use that to replace an egg and that should help bind.