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Sweet and Chewy Granola Bars April 5, 2010

Always on the hunt for tasty new versions of homemade and healthy bars, I love trying newly discovered, soon-to-be classics.  These oooey-gooey-chewy sweet nuthins will dazzle your tastebuds and satisfy your sweet-tooth.  They have some great ingredients, but as with all typical granola bars, are a wee bit high on the sugar factor – so no finishing the entire batch in one sittin’ ya hear?  Well, try not too at least … and if you falter (don’t feel guilty, these things are like crack) just up the laps around the park that night, or maybe shave off a glass of vino (oh for the love of Pete why did I just say that?).

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INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup oats (not instant)

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup unsalted sunflower OR pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup spelt flour (you could substitute whole wheat)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground

Pinch of nutmeg OR Allspice

1/2 cup canola OR sunflower oil OR almond oil

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup dried blueberries (or whatever your fave dried berry is)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a square baking pan with parchment paper OR simply grease pan slightly.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine oats, walnuts, sunflower seeds flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt until well combined.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl combine canola oil, brown sugar, and maple syrup until  smooth then stir in egg and vanilla extract. 
  4. Combine dry mixture with wet until it just incorporated then add in dried blueberries.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly, and bake bars until set (about 25-30 min). 
  6. Remove bars from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire, then cut into desired sizes and shapes and serve!
 

Granola – the quick and easy kind February 22, 2008

I just made this and if I could guess what heaven smells like, I would bet on the aroma my house is bathed in right now. This healthy and delicious granola recipe is easy to prepare and will leave you snubbing store bought impostors.
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Ingredients:
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/4 cup wheat bran
1/4 cup ground flax
1/2 cup dried cranberries (you can half this with raisins too)
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
3 tbsp nut butter (I used a combo of peanut and almond)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup honey or agave syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 300F
2) Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3) Combine all wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
4) Add wet into dry, and throughly mix until evenly blended.
5) Spread onto a baking sheet and bake for approx. 40 min.
6) Cool and serve!

Notes:
*Store at room temp – no need to refridgerate.
*This makes an awesome gift. Wrap it up in an air-tight Mason jar or other glass/plastic container. Now, aren’t you swell!?