Recipe: Spent Grain Snack Bars - Brooklyn Brew Shop

Spent Grain Snack Bars

Updated on July 01, 2016

Recipe: Spent Grain Snack Bars

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.



  • 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


  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.