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Recipe: Barley Snack Bars

Spent Grain Chef - February 22, 2011

If you've brewed recently, you may have wondered if there was more you could do with your leftover grain than simply tossing it on the compost pile.

One of our favorite things to do with spent grain is to make Barley Snack Bars. They're sweet, chewy, and absolutely perfect for throwing in your bag on those days you know are going to go a little longer than you'd like.

    What You Need

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup spent barley from brewing, dried [How to Dry Spent Grain]
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup raw almonds
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup dried cherries

    What You Do

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Combine your oats and raw almonds on a sheet tray and toast in the oven for six to seven minutes, stirring halfway through to prevent burning.

  2. Meanwhile line an 11X13 baking dish with wax paper or parchment and spray with non-stick spray.

  3. Put brown sugar, honey, butter, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.

  4. Combine slightly cooled oats and almonds in a medium sized bowl with spent barley and dried cherries.

  5. Pour brown sugar mixture over oats mixture and combine.

  6. Pour into prepared dish and let cool 2-3 hours. Cut up and wrap individually, if you like.


13 comment(s)

13 Responses to Recipe: Barley Snack Bars

  • ellen says:

    this is the first recipe i've tried out using spent grain, and they turned out fantastic! so much simplier than you'd think.

    Posted on March 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm

  • hannah says:

    made these, they were awesome!

    Posted on April 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

  • That's a jewel.

    Posted on April 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm

  • I love this 'Spent Grain Chef'! These sound delicious I will attempt them after my next brew day.

    Posted on May 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

  • a must see.

    Posted on June 30, 2011 at 4:28 pm

  • Mo says:

    Now I can save on Kashi bars.

    Posted on July 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm

  • Steph says:

    These taste awesome. I'm having trouble getting the consistancy of the bars right though, I can't get them to stick together very well. I'll do some experimenting everyone loves them so much it will be worth the effort.

    Posted on October 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm

  • Gabs says:

    Very tasty! However, they don't stick together at all. It's easiest to eat them with a spoon. Does anyone have any suggestions for getting them to stick together? I was also wondering if anyone has ideas about how to cut down on the sugar content and still retain consistency. They are delicious but I'd prefer not to use so much sugar.

    Posted on May 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm

  • Dave says:

    If your having trouble getting them to stick together its probably because your using a butter substitute like margarine. USE real butter.

    Posted on June 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

  • KBY says:

    This was the fourth recipe I tried from this site and (like the others) it worked out great. The texture was spot-on, they stuck together and solidified well. Gabs: I used a scant 1/2c of brown sugar and they were still quite sweet. I'm not sure how much you can lower the sugar content without messing up the stickiness/texture, but please do share. Thanks guys!

    Posted on November 4, 2012 at 3:35 pm

  • Richard says:

    For anybody who has a problem with them staying together bake them in the oven at 200 for an hour or 2.

    Posted on February 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm

  • This is not a snack bar. This is candy! It's incredibly sweet! I also had an issue with mine sticking together but I made a couple of substitutions so it was probably that.

    Posted on July 23, 2013 at 8:30 am

  • Lauri says:

    These are great! I made them with our first batch of english brown ale spent grains. Changes: 4tbs olive oil instead of butter, prunes instead of craisins, and added some roasted flax seeds, and totally omitted the brown sugar entirely. They were still plenty sweet! Wrapped them up and stored them in the freezer.

    Posted on September 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm