I have been on a granola bar making kick lately using THIS recipe from Honest Cooking. First I started with kitchen sink style granola bars using up all the bits and pieces of leftover dried fruits and chips in my cabinets. I did that twice and between sharing them at work, with friends and family, both batches barely lasted a day.
I thought I had left granola bars in the rear view mirror but then recently while trolling my favorite spice store I spied dried chili mango and immediately knew it was time to go back to granola bar land, create a unique flavor and blog about it.
This mango chili was not super spicy so I recommend adding at least a teaspoon of chili powder if you want a bit more kick in your granola bars. The other major changes I made were swapping out most of the wet ingredients. Instead of peanut butter, I used Biscoff spread. I also substituted agave for maple syrup or honey and grape seed oil instead of vegetable oil or butter. I also used brown sugar instead of white. I would use less sugar next time as the mango was coated in sugar and the Biscoff spread adds even more sweetness but great flavor.
These granola bars are sweet with a slight bite. A bit less healthy than most granola bars but so worth it.
Chili Mango White Chocolate Chip
Biscoff Granola Bars:
- 2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dried chili mango chopped
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
- 1/3 cup Biscoff spread (I used the crunchy variety)
- 7 tablespoons grape seed oil
- 1/4 cup raw agave syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Line a 9" x 11" inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray bottom and sides with baking spray.
- Grind up 1/3 cup of the oats in a food processor.
- Chop the chili mango into small pieces
- Mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and set aside.
- Mix all wet ingredients together.
- Mix dry and wet ingredients together and press firmly into into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until bars start to brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely in the pan before cutting into bars.