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Granola Bars

I almost feel it’s becoming a running joke that I love oats so much, but here I am again raving about something else that can be done with oats. I am raving with good reason though, because granola bars are expensive! Granola bars, protein bars, snack bars, almost anything healthy and portable is almost $1 a bar. That’s a bit of a rip off, especially when it’s so easy to make granola bars yourself. Plus, when you make them yourself, there are endless varieties and ingredients to add and experiment with.

I know I don’t plan on making this the same way twice.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 tbs butter

2 tbs honey

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 cup your favorite combination of nuts/seed/dried fruit (I used sunflower seeds, an organic trailmix, shredded coconut, and dried cranberries)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a small baking sheet and mix together oats and dried fruit/nuts. Arrange oat mixture on the greased baking sheet in a thin layer and bake for 10 mins or until lightly toasted.
  2. In a small saucepan heat butter, brown sugar, honey, and vanilla stirring constantly until thickened and boiling.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the butter mixture and the oat mixture until the oats are coated. Grease the baking sheet again and spoon the mixture in a smooth single layer.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  5. Let cool. Cut. Enjoy.

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