Saturday, March 22, 2014

Granola Bars


Here we go again friends...  toasted oats and almonds...


sweet, salty and chocolatey goodness.


My latest (and greatest) granola bar recipe.  These are ridiculous!

This recipe came from my America's Test Kitchen Made From Scratch cookbook.  I altered it a little and added chocolate of course but the essence is still the same. 

Granola Bars
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup olive oil
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I like almonds)
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Line a 9x13 inch pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.








Whisk together maple syrup, sugar and salt.












Whisk in oil.








Process 1/2 cup of oats in food process or until finely ground.







Add oat flour to nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut and remaining 1 1/2 cups oats.


Stir in wet ingredients.












Stir in chocolate chips.












Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish and use a greased metal spatula to press into pan.


 Bake 45 minutes at 300.


 Cool in pan for 1 hour.  Carefully lift granola out of pan using foil.  Slice into bars.


These are my favorite homemade granola bars --- so far. And, they were one of the easiest granola bars to make.  (Bonus)


I loved these crunchy, not to sweet oat filled bars of goodness. 



 They were so good, I even wrapped a few for gifts.


Have I convinced you to try these yet?  Good.  My work here is done.

Ciao!



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