Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Fruity Oaty Bars

When making oat milk one ends up with a lot of ground up oat residue and it seems wasteful to throw it out. The first thing I made with it is a face scrub with some honey which is less of a scrub and more like a paste and we're not sure how we feel about it. The next thing I tried were granola bars which were far more successful.

Using this recipe, I replaced 1 cup of oats and the applesauce with the oat pulp from 1-1/3 cups of oats. To make a quart of oat milk, I blend 1 quart of water with 1-1/3 cups oats and then strain it through a jelly bag. Instead of walnuts and cranberries I used almonds and currants, and I used oat milk instead of almond milk. After baking them I felt they were very soft so I cut them in to bars, arranged them on a baking sheet, and put them back in the oven on the "keep warm" setting for several hours to dry them out a little more. They're similar to chewy granola bars you can get in the store.

Feedback thus far: very chewy, needs more cinnamon. I might consider a pinch more salt or other flavoring, taking out the oat milk entirely as there is already a lot of liquid, and changing up the nut and fruit content. That being said, I think this is a very successful way to use up the oat pulp. 

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