Friday, September 10, 2010

Homemade Granola Bars

Making your own granola bars is one of those "throw whatever you have on hand in" type of recipe! Here's one that I did:

3 cups oats
1/3 cup organic raisins
1/3 cup dried organic cranberries (watch out for added sugars and hydrogenated oils)
1/3 cup dried cherries (same)
1 1/4 cup nuts (any kind), chopped
3 tbsps flax seed
3 tbsps sesame seeds
3 tbsps sunflower seeds
6 pitted and chopped dates
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup sucanat
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 free range egg, beaten
2/3 cup organic butter or coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Making the Granola:
Add all ingredients to a large bowl, mixing well.

Press firmly into a 15"X10" glass pan which has been generously sprayed with grapeseed oil spray.

Bake at 350°F for about 20-30 minutes, or until lightly browned along edges. Cool. Cut into bars. **Mine did not stick together well after sitting for one day. I think if you refrigerated them, they would stick better right away.

It's possible to make a double batch for granola cereal two ways; before adding the honey, remove half of the mixture and store in refrigerator to be used as breakfast cereal, or combine all ingredients and toast in oven on a baking sheet, using a spatula to mix/turn. Proceed with remaining mixture as above to make the bars.

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