Granola Bars

Granola Bars

Serves 16 squares
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 40 minutes
Total time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups large flake oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seed (small, raw and unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried blueberries (cranberries, cherries or chopped apricots are also delicious)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. Combine oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds and flax seed and spread out on a baking sheet.
3. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes
4. In the meantime, combine honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, oil, salt and vanilla in a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until sugar is dissolved
5. When oat mixture is removed from oven, lower heat until 300F
6. Combine oat mixture, honey mixture and blueberries until all ingredients evenly incoporated
7. Spread mixture evenly in a 9"x9" silicone (or oiled) baking pan and press the mixture down firmly with the back of a spoon.
8. Bake for 25 minutes
9. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into 16 even squares