Thursday, April 17, 2014

CRAFT BEER THURSDAY: Spent Grain Energy Bars

One of my favorite things to do with beer, other than drink it is to cook with it. I've made some great recipes using different beer styles.

Last weekend I spent a day brewing some beer with my fellow OttBeerBloggers and since there were tons of spent grains leftover I couldn't let them go to waste!

Spent grains are the leftover malt and adjuncts after the beer has been brewed and most of the sugars, proteins, and nutrients are extracted. Often used as animal feed, it can also be used for many recipes, bread being the most common.

After some intense Pinterest searching I found this Spent Grains Energy Bar recipe from Brew Drink Run. I made a few modifications but overall they turned out great! The rest of the spent grains are packed in my freezer waiting their Pinterest-inspired fate!




INGREDIENTS:
2 cups spent grains- dried
2 cups rolled oats (quick cooking or old fashioned)
1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) - I used hazelnuts
1/2 to 1 cup chopped dried fruit (optional) — I used apricots
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 scoops protein powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Spread the grains on a cookie sheet and dry in the oven at 175° F for 2.5 hours shifting the grains around every 30 minutes.
  2. Increase the temperature to 325° F for the final 30 minutes with the oats and chopped nuts to roast everything together.
  3. Combine all the dry ingredients and set them aside in a large mixing bowl.
  4. During the final 30  minutes of roasting, start to mix the “wet” ingredients. Take a small saucepan and slowly heat the syrup, honey, butter, peanut butter and salt. Bring that to a boil and them simmer for 5 minutes stirring frequently. Once the syrup mixture was done simmering, mix it with the dry ingredients (including protein powder) completely combining them.
  5. Next spread the mixture out in a wax-paper lined 13 x 9 baking pan Allow this to cool several hours at room temperature, cut the bars, and wrap them in a wax paper square.
Happy Baking! Cheers!