Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Granola Bars

Granola Bars
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I'm on the band-wagon of eating as best as possible and providing home-cooked meals and snacks as often as possible. Although these granola bars are not paleo (because of the oats), they are much better than the store granola bars. There's nothing "artificial" about these, therefore, I eat happily.

Cheers to you, Granola Bar!

You can substitute any type of nuts for the ones listed below. If you don't like pecans, add something else or leave out altogether. If you don't like cranberries and/or dates, use raisins and/or apricots instead. It's a very forgiveable recipe and unless you walk away from the oven, you really can't mess this one up.

2cups old-fashioned oats
1cup slivered almonds
1/2cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2cup chopped pecans
1/4cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
1/4cup sunflower seeds
1/4cup dried cranberries
1/4cup dates
3Tbsp butter, or coconut oil
2/3cup honey or maple syrup
1/2tsp salt
1tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spread the oats, coconut, almonds and pecans on a baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. Move mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients up through the dates.

Turn oven down to 300 degrees. In the meantime while the oven is cooling, melt the butter, honey, salt and vanilla over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Add to the dry ingredients and thoroughly mix.

Spread onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 2 hours and then cut into bars.

Wrap individually and refrigerate until ready to eat or place individual pieces on a parchment-lined cookie sheet in the freezer for one hour, then move to a freezer bag. Remove from freezer a few minutes before eating.

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Eat, share, and enjoy!

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