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A tray of homemade granola bars with coconut and dried cherries and blueberries.

Homemade Granola Bars

Teri & Jenny
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Servings 20

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups rolled oats, lightly toasted
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted
  • ¾ cup sweetened coconut flakes, lightly toasted
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, lightly toasted
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds optional
  • cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • cup honey
  • 2 ½ tablespoons light brown sugar

mix-ins

  • 1/2 cup each dried cherries and blueberries OR 1 cup dried fruit of your choice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line the bottom and sides of a 13”x9”x1” baking sheet (aka a quarter sheet pan) with parchment paper, leaving a slight flap of parchment on all sides, hanging over the edge. Lightly grease with coconut oil and set aside.
  • Place first seven ingredients into a large mixing bowl and toss together.
  • Pour the maple syrup, oil, honey, and sugar into a small saucepan over medium heat and stir together. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
  • Pour contents of saucepan over the oat mixture and stir together until fully incorporated. Fold in dried fruit until well combined.
  • Pour mixture into the prepared baking pan and press down until you have one big rectangular block of granola. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until light- golden brown (you don’t want the top to get too dark because the rest of the sides will be slightly darker).
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Lift the granola out of the baking sheet, and allow to completely cool before cutting into bars. Serve.
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