Granola Bars

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 It’s hard to find a store bought granola bar that is made with all real foods. There are a few out there like Lara Bars, which are an all fruit and nut bar. But not many. And, they’re expensive. And they’re really not that great, taste-wise. I mean, I like them, but none of my kids will eat them beyond their baby years, and Scott doesn’t care for them either(my hubby) :). I like the convenience of granola bars and I like that some are quite filling. This recipe fits that bill. With oats, ground flax or protein powder, whole wheat flour, quinoa, and chopped nuts (optional), these are filling, nutritious, and so good! The main sweetener is honey, and I also use a little bit of coconut sugar, but you could substitute brown sugar for coconut sugar if you don’t have it on hand.

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together your dry ingredients, nuts and quinoa in a large mixing bowl.  The nuts and uncooked quinoa are optional, but I like them because they add a nice crunch. I made mine with sliced almonds and red quinoa, but any color quinoa would work. I also sometimes use ground flax, and sometimes I’ll substitute a vanilla protein powder for the flax. Both taste amazing!

Melt your coconut oil and add in the honey, vanilla  and egg and stir together. Pour this over your dry ingredients and stir to combine. Stir in your add-ins(chocolate chips, carob chips, raisins, shredded coconut etc. I like to do 1/4 c carob or chocolate chips and 1/4 c shredded, unsweetened coconut).

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 Dump mix onto a greased or parchment-lined 9×13 pan. Press into pan with a large mixing spoon or with the palm of your hand (or both). Bake in your oven for about 25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

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While still warm, cut the baked granola mix into 15 rectangular bars. They harden and stick together better as they cool, so that’s why we cut them while they’re still warm. Once they’re all cut, leave them alone and let them sit in the pan until they’ve cooled completely, about an hour. If you don’t wait, they’ll still taste good, but they’ll fall apart.

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 Store them in an airtight container on your counter, or you can individually wrap them in saran wrap or  sandwich bags to grab and go.

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THE RECIPE:

Granola Bars
*Makes about 15 bars

2 c oats
1/4 c coconut sugar (can sub brown sugar)
1/2 c ground flax  (or vanilla protein powder)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c coconut oil, melted
2 tsp vanilla
Add-ins:  1/2 c , any variation, of chocolate chips, raisins, carob chips, coconut flakes (I like to do a 1/4 c coconut and 1/4 c carob chips)
Optional: 1/4 c sliced almonds (or other chopped nut)
Optional: 2 Tbsp uncooked quinoa (any color)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Pat mix into prepared pan. Bake about 25 minutes until bars turn golden at edges. Cut while still warm, then allow to cool completely, about an hour, before serving so they can harden and hold together.

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