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Homemade Granola Bars With Ginger, Pistachio and Chocolate

Homemade Granola Bars With Ginger, Pistachio and Chocolate

Granola bars are a popular snack (spezza fame in Italian) that you can buy everywhere.
But have you ever thought to make them easily at home?

Homemade Granola Bars With Ginger, Pistachio and Chocolate

Granola Bars.

For two years I cooked breakfast for the guests of my B&B just close to Bologna.
Then the pandemic arrived and for a small guest house like mine everything became complicated.

However, I remember with pleasure the many jars of granola I made every week.
There were even those who asked if they could take a bag away and those who wanted to buy it. The success of the granola was the inspiration to develop a recipe for the granola bars, which are easy to pack and which I could leave available for guests on the table of coffee and tea corner.

The recipe I’m going to share is tried and tested.
I have made the bars using different types of cereals, oils and sugar.
I tried berries, seeds, and dried fruits of all kinds. I put chocolate chips and then finally opted to cover one side of the bars with chocolate melted.

At the end, it depends on your taste and what I can say is to use my recipe as a base to create your favorite bar. Don’t want pistachios? Add almonds. Prefer natural ginger to candied ginger? Or raisins instead of goji berries? No problem. You decide according to your taste and what you have in your pantry.

Italian Merenda Recipes

Always good.

These are so great as an on-the-go breakfast or merenda. But also like after-dinner little dessert.

The following recipe for homemade granola bars is healthy, and incredibly delicious. Perfect yet for a foodie gift or for Italian Calza della Befana.

Loaded with hearty oats, dried fruit, seeds, crunchy pistachios and chocolate, so they really satisfy.

I guarantee that to be a hit with both kids and adults.

Buona cucina, Monica

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Homemade Granola Bars With Ginger, Pistachio and Chocolate

Food tip.

They will last up to a week at room temperature, or for about 3 weeks in the freezer while in the fridge for 2.

Granola Bars With Ginger, Pistachio and Chocolate Recipe

for about 12 bars
baking tray 30cm x 23 cm

oat flakes, 250g
candied ginger, 25g
pistachios, 30g
sesame or pumpkin seeds or a mix, 30g
goji berries, 25g
dark or milk chocolate, 200g
seed oil, 60ml
Maple syrup, 100g
Sugar, 20g


Cut the ginger into small pieces. and cut the goji berries in half.

Coarsely chop the pistachios.

Mix the ginger, pistachios, berries, seeds and flakes together and set aside.

In a saucepan heat together the sugar, maple syrup and oil over low heat.
Remove from head, add all ingredients, and mix well.

All the flakes have to be well greased, if necessary make this step using your hands instead of a tablespoon.

Roll out the dough into a rectangular pan covered with parchment paper moistened. Cook in preheated oven (150C degrees) for about 20-25 minutes.

When the flakes turn slightly brown, remove the tray from the oven.

Let cool.

If you want, you can cut granola bars without adding chocolate.

Or put the tray in the freezer while you melt 100g of chocolate. Then, spread the chocolate on one side of the bars (if the flakes are slightly frozen, it will be easier to spread the chocolate).

Let cool completely before adding the last 100g of melted chocolate to get a higher layer of chocolate.

Refrigerate for a couple of hours before cutting the bars on a clean, flat surface.

Clean the knife each time you cut and wet the blade with cold water.

Store in a glass container separating pieces with wax or parchment paper.

Granola Bars


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