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Old 08-11-2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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Granola Bar bites/ Granola cereal

This recipe comes from my Dehydrator Cinnamon Chips recipe that I don't think anyone has ever tried though it is a "game changer" for our family. This is a chunkier, crisp granola bar, trail mix-y version. I promise, you do not taste zucchini (think zucchini bread) or cheese (necessary to hold it all together and for a low carb base).



Granola Bar bites (Granola cereal if broken up)

2 large zucchini, grated
4 eggs
1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 to 1 cup shredded coconut (end product does not taste like coconut, it's to soak up moisture and for texture)
1/2 c milled golden flax seed
1 T vanilla (or even better LorAnn sweet buttery dough emulsion)
cinnamon (use a lot- we use more than a T) or 30+ LorAnn honey flavor drops or 1/4 cup sf syrup, any flavor such as maple or praline or Belgian cookie) or 1 T almond extract
2 to 3 cups coarsely chopped or sliced nuts, pumpkin or sunflower seeds (highly recommend sliced almonds, chopped pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds)
1 c dehydrated sliced cranberries, optional (LC Foods brand or your own- unsweetened)
sweetener as desired- use more than expected, it loses sweetness after drying. I use a blend of Swerve, EZ-Sweetz and Vanilla Stevia drops.

Preheat oven to 450.

Press liquid out of grated zucchini with paper towels (optional but makes drying quicker and baked better). Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

Prepare 2 cookie sheets with nonstick foil. Press 1/2 of the mixture evenly in each cookie sheet, covering the entire bottom of each each. Flatten as well as you can.

Bake one sheet on the top rack and one on the bottom rack for 6-7 minutes (depending on if your sheets are loaded or on the thin side). Flip the positions of the pans, putting the bottom on the top rack and the top one on the bottom. Bake 6-7 more minutes.



Carefully remove foil from pans and flip the contents upside down onto dehydrator racks set upon the table. Cool. Cut into chip sized squares or granola bar shapes (we use a pizza cutter). Place onto dehydrator racks and dehydrate at the hottest setting (155) until completely dried and crispy- about 6-10 hours, again depending on thickness. I usually let it go overnight. I've never had it "overdry".



I store in a large ziploc bag in fridge. Lasts at least 2 weeks.
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Old 08-12-2014, 03:38 AM   #2
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These look yummy. So glad you included a picture, because I never would have imagined the outcome from the recipe.
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Sounds delicious. Thanks.
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Yeah, Soobee, I think it was the lack of a picture that my cinnamon chips/ cereal recipe was never tried. If I handed a bowl of it to a low carber, they'd be all over it. I mean, it looks like cereal, tastes likes cereal... same with these granola bar bites. They are GRANOLA BARS!! The ingredients list is a bit weird but good wholesome food.
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Oh, my, this looks amazing, Jen. I'd like to try this. I have a dehydrator.
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I tried it, Jen! I made the cereal a while back. I am not a cereal eater but my husband is - he was kinda ambivalent about it, and it took him a while to finish the batch so I just never said anything on here. Mine didn't look as yummy as these pix, though - and I think I did not give it enough cinnamon and sweetener. I still have a pile of zuke so will give it another try since I can see my first effort definitely did not produce anything this yummy looking!
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All right- feedback!

This was my first "chunky" style. I prefer it!! The cinnamon chip version was my attempt at making thick flakes. Very good too... but I prefer this one.

It takes a LOT of sweetener and a LOT of cinnamon! In fact, I couldn't believe I didn't put enough cinnamon in this last batch. So much so that I've been eating it with 4 drops of LorAnn honey flavoring in my bowl with almond milk. I'm thinking a batch that is not cinnamon but to use almond extract would be really, really good too. I've made carby granola with almond extract before but it has been a long time now.

I took half the batch and put them in a separate heavy duty ziploc bag and hammered them into granola cereal. The bites are too big for cereal, but just right for nibbling as granola bars.
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This is so awesome looking!!!!!! Simply beautiful.

There are a few things I might be able to change so that I can eat it....
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It is very adaptable! I've even used yellow summer squash instead of zucchini when it was pouring out of our garden.
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Hammered down into cereal with almond milk, a splash of sf banana DaVinci, sweetener if needed and blueberries is SO FREAKIN' GOOD!!! It's like muffin cereal!
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I think you must be some kind of low carb food genius...you keep blowing my lurking presence away!

Although I've vowed to my husband NOT to buy another kitchen appliance, you are slowly and surely making a compelling case for a dehydrator. And it just might be worth the marital discord...
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Buy the cheapy Nesco one from Walmart... this cereal/granola bars recipe and the Doritos recipe alone make it worth it!

Here is a picture of it hammered. I put some of the granola bites into a freezer gallon sized ziploc bag and take a hammer to it! Then I pour it into a second bag because the first one gets pretty beat up.



I put about 2/3 of a cup of unsweetened almond milk in a bowl, add 4 drops of a LorAnn flavoring and 7 drops of EZ-Sweetz sweetener or a splash SF DaVinci syrup and a couple drops of EZ-Sweetz, stir and then dump some granola on top.

I imagine it'd make a terrific yogurt parfait as well!

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Hmmm. I have a nesco dehydrator that just sits in my basement. I might whip,this up today.
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Had a bowl this morning. YUM! It keeps quite a long time in the fridge!!!

I hope you liked it Brenda!
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So, that hammered bowl of granola tastes so much like crunchy oats... the big question is will it make oatmeal cookies?
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This looks great - I am looking for something like this for my daughter when she has evening activities.

Is this super crunchy or could be be made somewhat softer and easier to chew?
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They are crunchy. The only way I can think to make them chewy would be to hammer them down to cereal buts and then mix them into some kind of chewy bar base... I don't what that'd be though.
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Jen, I made a pan of your granola trail bars yesterday. It is a great recipe! This is what I put in it.


I only made sort of half the recipe or one pan. I used 1/4 cup of sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, flax, 8oz of mozzarella, 2 eggs, one small box of raisins plus a medium zucchini, and sweetener and flavorings. The total cookie sheet spread thin was 1189 calories, 61 carbs, and 21 grams of fiber. So depending on how you cut the pan into bars for dehydrating you can figure how many carbs etc. for each bar. i used my spagetti maker to slice the zucchini and then chopped it into small pieces to save time rather than grating the whole thing. After is was dehydrated the texture of my bars was similar to shredded wheat because of the shape of the zucchini pieces. I like them even though as you mentioned before you have to use alot of sweetener and cinnamon as it fades out while dehydrating. I sprinkled a little confectionary swerve over the top of mine before I put them in the dehydrater.

I would like to make some more with cranberries when my local store starts to carry fresh ones and I will dehydrated them with sweetener on them. I might just put the pieces on last, just push them into each bar before going into the dehyrater so each bite has a some in it.

Thanks so much for coming up with this terrific recipe!
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Yay! I love it when people try out the weird recipes!

I had a bowl of granola cereal just this morning- I fixed the "not sweet or flavored enough" issue by making cinnamon milk- 1/2 cup or so of unsweetened almond milk, a couple drops of EZ-Sweetz and vanilla stevia, a tbl or so of heavy cream and a spoonful of cinnamon. I mixed it in my magic bullet. It was quite good!
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That sounds delicious!

Jen, were you the one that told us about uplateanyway who also uses mozzarella cheese in her stromboli and sausage pin wheels crusts? If so, thanks! If not, check her out. She uses almond flour, coconut flour, mozzarella, an egg, butter and some seasoning. She melts the mozzarella first and then mixes the the rest of the ingredients with it, then rolls it out between sheets of plastic wrap. I have made her sausage pin wheels 3 times and even people who are not low carb really like them.
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I have made one of her mozzarella-in-the-dough recipes but it was cream cheese danish. This one sounds really good! Thanks!
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OH yes, I remember your post about the cream cheese Danish and you had mentioned you had gotten the recipe from her. Thanks again!
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Awwww Man! That looks good...i gots no dehydrator and my hubs will kill me if i get another gadget. He's already mad I asked for donut pans for my birthday LOL

I wish all my neighbors were LC'ers so we could all cook one recipe and then do a pot luck LOL SO many recipes I'd love to try!
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Mad about a donut maker making donuts he gets to eat? He should smother you in kisses!
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it's just a baking sheet! LOL But he doesn't eat my delish LC treats or sweets of any kind soooo he doesn't get why we need it.

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