Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Homemade Granola Bars

These granola bars are incredibly easy to make, packed with healthy ingredients and most importantly, they taste delicious. Theses are a great addition to a simple breakfast of yogurt and fruit or for a quick snack on the go! Also a great pack along snack for the kids lunch boxes.



Homemade Granola Bars


Ingredients: Makes 24 bars
  • 2 cups of Gluten Free Rolled Oats  Note: I like to use either the Bob's Red Mill or Augason Farms brand
  • 1/2 cup either ground flax seeds or brown flax seed meal  Note: If you use the flax seed meal I would recommend the Bob's Red Mill brand. If you opt to use ground flax seeds instead you can save a few dollars and grind them yourself in a coffee grinder and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3 tablespoons of Earth Balance buttery spread  Note: The one in the red tub is gluten, soy and dairy free.
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup raisins  Note: You can also use dried cherries or apricots.
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. With the Earth Balance butter an 8x12 inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
  2. Toss the rolled oats, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds together on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the flax seed meal.
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  5. Place the Earth Balance, honey, brown sugar and vanilla in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook for 1 minute, then pour over the rolled oats mixture. Add the dried cranberries and raisins and stir well.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Lightly press, using wet fingers, the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool for several hours prior to cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.








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