Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Granola Bars

Recipe: (adapted from Bon Appetit)
2 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup coconut oil (plus more)
3/4 cup chopped dried cranberry
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup unsalted, shelled sunflower seeds
2 tbsp toasted flax seeds
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1tsp salt
1/2 cup white or dark chocolate chips (optional)

-Pre heat oven to 400º.  
-Run the oats quickly through a food processor, this will make it easier for the kids to chew. (optional)
-Mix oats and almonds on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, stirring once. Let cool on sheet.
-Reduce temperature to 325º
-Brush a 13x9 metal or glass baking dish w/ coconut oil and line with parchment paper; brush paper with oil.
-Brush a large bowl w/ coconut oil and mix together oat mixture, cranberries, flaxseeds, coconut, and sunflower seeds. Set aside.
-Bring 1/4 cup coconut oil, honey, sugar and salt to a boil, stir until sugar dissolves. Let it boil for 1 minute then pour over oat mixture.
-Stir until everything is evenly coated.
-Transfer granola onto prepared baking dish and lightly press evenly.
-Bake for 10 minutes. Turn pan and continue baking for another 15 minutes until the edges are darker.
-Let the granola completely cool in the baking dish then lift the parchment paper with granola and cut into bars. 
-Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler and dip granola bars! yum.

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