My kids love those chewy granola bars, the ones that are actually candy masquerading as health food. I can’t bring myself to buy them, so this is our compromise. These bars make a great snack – they really fill you up and provide sustained energy to get you through the day.
This is just a guideline – switch the ingredients to match your own taste. I use whatever dried fruit we have on hand and every once in a while I substitute half of the oats for quinoa flakes for an even chewier bar. Sometimes we crumble them over yogurt parfaits for breakfast – delicious!
3 1/2 cups of old-fashioned oat flakes (not quick cooking)
1/2 cup of whole grain flour (I use quinoa flour, oat flour or brown rice flour)
2/3 cup coconut sugar (or succanat, or brown sugar)
1 cup of dried fruit, chopped (I like a combination of dried cranberries and dates)
1/3 cup of cacao nibs (or dark chocolate chips)
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (sunflower oil works too)
1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and dried fruit.
Whisk all the wet ingredients and the sugar together well.
Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir until well combined.
Spread evenly into the prepared pan and press everything down so that it sticks together.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges are beginning to brown.
Place on a wire rack to cool. When it’s completely cool, use the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan and place on a cutting board. Be forewarned: if the bars are still warm they will crumble as you cut them. And then if you’re like me you’ll eat way too much of the crumbs and be too full for dinner.
Use a good, sharp knife to cut into whatever size bars you prefer. I like to cut them into about 16 medium-sized granola bars.