I have been on quest lately, making easy and chewy energy bars that I could make on the weekend and enjoy throughout the week.
The problem was that my “chewy” granola bars were rock hard after 3-4 days, that’s not acceptable in my book! I want chewy bars that stay chewy!
I found out the secret is to make a very soft and sticky batter (think cookie dough) and then let it air dry for a few hours before wrapping the bars. The exteriors of the bars lose their stickiness, they firm up just a bit while staying super soft inside. The longer I kept the bars was 10 days and they were still soft.
Brown rice syrup acts as the binder here, I first tried using maple syrup but unfortunately the bars don’t hold well together. It should work with coconut syrup but I never tried, so if you do let me know how it turns out!…