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Friday, September 21, 2018

Homemade Granola Bars

{ Prep Time: 15 mins / Difficulty: Relatively Easy / Yields: 20 granola bars }

2 cups gluten-free old fashioned oats
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup almonds, slivered or chopped in food processor
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup flax seed
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (or dark chocolate chips)
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried cranberries (or apricots, dates, cherries; or your favorite dried fruit)

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Spray 9x9" pan with cooking spray and set aside.
2. Spread oats, seeds, almonds, wheat germ, and flax seeds in a thin layer onto a half sheet pan. Bake for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add coconut flakes to mixture and bake another 5 minutes. Just be careful not to burn the coconut!
3. In a small saucepan, combine peanut butter, honey, sugar, butter and vanilla over low heat. Cook until brown sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes; stirring frequently.
4. Remove oats from oven and reduce heat to 300 degrees. Pour oat mixture into a large bowl, then add liquid mix. Stir until mixture is completely coated. Add your fruits; and lastly, the chocolate chips. (If you add them earlier, they will all melt.)
5. Pour granola into prepared dish. With spatula, firmly press granola into pan, until it is evenly spread out. Bake for 25 minutes.
6. Remove pan from oven, and allow bars to cool completely before cutting into 2" squares; about 30 minutes. (Bars can be stored in airtight container for up to one week.)

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