The Famous Granola Bar of the Kootenays

It never fails that when someone comes to visit and packs one of our granola bars on their way out for a ski, bike or hike, I end up sending this granola bar recipe home with them because they love it so much!  A friend of mine shared this recipe with me shortly after our move to Fernie when we noticed everyone (you think I’m exaggerating, but I’m not!) snacking on them.  Turns out they come from an amazing cook book that originated right here in the Kootenays at the Whitewater Ski Resort just down the road from us.  So, with this VERY snowy day, I thought it would be a great chance to share the most well known granola bar of the Kootenays once and for all.

Famous Kootenay Granola Bars  making it in the mountains

 

GRANOLA BARS

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1 1/2 tbsp of vanilla extract
2 cups of brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
6 cups of rolled oats
1 cup coconut, toasted
1 cup sunflower seeds, toasted
1 cup sesame seeds toasted
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup raisins

Toast coconut, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds in a skillet and set aside to cool; this “set aside to cool” part is REALLY important, otherwise they will expand over the tray while baking and make a huge mess of your oven (definitely learned that one the hard way).  In your mixer cream together the butter, peanut butter, vanilla and brown sugar.  Then, add the corn syrup.  Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chocolate chips and raisins.  Now, if you have a massive mixer, you can add the dry ingredients to your wet; however, if your mixer is an average size, you may be able to add some, but you will not be able to add everything with out it spilling over the top of the bowl (yet another lesson learned the hard way), so you may need to mix some by hand – and this is seriously the main reason we now have a bigger mixer!  Once everything is thoroughly mixed, you can press it all onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350℉ for 18-20 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.  Let cool and then turn it onto a cutting board (or two) and cut into bars or squares.  Makes approximately 24 bars.

Famous Kootenay Granola Bars  making it in the mountains

Famous Kootenay Granola Bars  making it in the mountains

Famous Kootenay Granola Bars  making it in the mountains

Famous Kootenay Granola Bars  making it in the mountains

Famous Kootenay Granola Bars  making it in the mountains

For all the times I’ve made these, I don’t think I’ve ever really done it the same way twice.  Depending on what I have in the freezer, I will sometimes throw in some nuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, various dried fruits, white chocolate chips … really, anything goes!

Famous Kootenay Granola Bars  making it in the mountains

Famous Kootenay Granola Bars  making it in the mountains

We ALWAYS have a batch of these cut up in the freezer, so we can grab one whenever we have a craving or need a snack on the run.

Famous Kootenay Granola Bars  making it in the mountains
 
ENJOY!

 

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9 thoughts on “The Famous Granola Bar of the Kootenays

  1. Have you tested out using honey or maple syrup as substitute for corn syrup and possibly coconut oil in substitute of butter? If not do you think it may work? Quite a kootenay request lol

    1. Those are some GREAT (and yes, very “granola”) ideas! I’d love to ditch the corn syrup – will definitely give those a try next time! Thanks for sharing Jennifer!

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