Saturday, September 18, 2010

homemade granola bars

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When I am on the go, I practically live on granola bars! And when I have time I make a large batch of granola bars that we can grab and go. They are really easy to make, super yummy and end up costing much less than buying them at the grocery store.


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I start with about 2 cups of oats.


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1 cup of sun flower seeds


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and 1 cup of walnuts
and/or any other favorite nuts


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I spread the oats and nuts on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven until they are just a little brown about 10 minutes.


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Remove the oats and nuts from the oven and add 1/3 cup of melted butter.


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About 2/3 cup of honey.


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A pinch of kosher salt.


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1/4 cup of sugar (brown or white)

If you have more time- combine the honey, sugar, salt and butter in a sauce pan and simmer until the sugar is dissolved and then pour into the oats mixture


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2 cups of dried cranberries (cherries, raisins, magos or your favorite fruit).



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Mix everything together.


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Spread onto the bottom of a VERY WELL greased baking dish or sheet


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and press down.


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Bake for 25-30 minutes at 300 degrees.


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Remove from oven and let it cool.


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Cut into squares and store in air tight container.


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I made two batches and the second I chopped up and turned into small granola chunks to use for ice cream and yogurt toppings :)


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