Thursday, August 22, 2013

Crispy Rice Granola Bars

Breaking away from my traditional food blog, here is a video recipe for you to enjoy along with the accompanying recipe in print(below).  I hope you enjoy this change of pace on my blog...and if you are wondering the reasoning behind this new way for me to present recipes, you can view my previous post titled, A New Venture into Cooking Videos.

Here is the video on how to make Crispy Rice Bars:  (You will want to gather up the kids as there are some parts added just for them.)

Now, here is the recipe:

  • 1 cup sweet brown rice
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk (13.66 fl oz)
  • Cinnamon
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup nuts (we used black walnuts)
  • 1 cup dried fruit (we used a combination of apples and organic dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds, milled
  • 1 jar brown rice syrup (1 lb 5 oz)
  • 1/3 cup SUCANAT
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (we used fermented peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Coconut oil, for coating the 11x7 pan

Start by bringing to a boil the rice and the coconut milk.  Cover and then simmer for 40 to 45 minutes (until all the liquid is absorbed).

Next, spread the cooked rice on two sheets of parchment, sprinkle with cinnamon, and dry the rice completely.  If using a dehydrator, dry at 140 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 hours, otherwise if using an oven just bake at the lowest setting until the rice is dry (3 to 5 hours).

When the rice is dry, warm a large skillet on a smaller burner (this is important because it allows you to move the rice off the heat during the cooking process and the rice is less likely to burn), and in 4 batches pan fry the rice until most of it has popped.  Don't worry about it all popping since the heat of the rice will continue to pop the rice even after they are tranferred to a bowl.

Now, mix together the crispy rice (you should end up with about 3 cups then finished), oats, nuts, dried fruit, and milled flax.

Next, on the stove, bring the brown rice syrup and SUCANAT to a boil.  Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla...and when those ingredients are all incorporated, then pour the syrup over the rice and oat mixture and stir well.

Finally, oil your pan with coconut oil and then press the mixture into the pan. (Hint:  If you use wet hands to press down the mixture, it makes the process much easier.)

Let the bars firm up over night, about 12 hours, and then cut to your desired size.

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