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Granola Bar Template

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This recipe is a great template. As long as you have the binding agent (molasses for me, maybe honey for you), you can swtich up the fruits, nuts, and spices to fit your taste. This is my hubby’s favorite lower-sugar, high-energy cycling snack!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quick Oats
  • 1 cup Nuts And Seeds (Almonds, Pecans, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds)
  • ½ cups Milled Flax Seed
  • ½ cups Molasses Or Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter Or Substitute
  • 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
  • ½ Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Mace (optional)
  • ½ teaspoons Ginger (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoons Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1-⅛ cup Dried Fruit (cranberries, Dates, Raisons, Cherries)
  • 1 cup Bran Flakes

Preparation

Spray a 13×9 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 F.

Mix the quick oats, nuts and seeds, and flax on a sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through.

While the nuts are toasting, combine the molasses/honey, butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and spices in a small saucepan over low-medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has dissolved, stirring often.

When the nut mixture has finished toasting, remove from the oven and reduce oven heat to 300 F. Immediately put the nut mixture in a large bowl with the dried fruit and bran flakes. Pour the hot liquid over the top and mix, mix, mix. Ensure all the pieces are coated with the liquid. This will take a few minutes.

Press the granola into the prepared dish, distributing the mixture evenly. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove, press again, and let cool completely before cutting.

Note on nuts and seeds: Go ahead and switch it up. I’ve found that as long as I have plenty of smaller pieces/seeds to help hold things together, the type doesn’t matter as much.

Note on spices: Other great flavors to use are fennel and lavender.

Note on baking: It can bake longer depending on how crunchy you like your bars. I prefer mine sticky.

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itismedia on 8.4.2010

I can not wait to try these! I am heading to the health food store this weekend to replace the things I do not already have! I will post the results.

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reinerachel on 5.10.2011

This was an easy base to work with, and is now my husband’s favorite breakfast.

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