Dried Fruit Granola Bars

July 7, 2015 | Rene MacVay, Healthy Recipe Variations

Granola Bars can be a breakfast or a snack…it depends on how they are made. These bars are a great grab-and-go breakfast, snack after athletic activities, or something to take with you on an airplane flight. I make these each time I fly. I can take them on the plane with Justin’s Almond Butter single serve packages and some apple slices or carrot sticks to ensure I have healthy, gluten free options while I am in transit.

The recipe is simple and can be made many different ways so you will never get bored! Read this and other Gluten Free YogaLean recipes at Healthy Recipe Variations.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups oats

1/2 cup flax seed meal or ground flaxseed

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract or coconut extract or almond extract

3/4 cup honey

2 beaten eggs

1/2 cup olive, walnut, or coconut oil

Flavorings: 1/2 cup diced dried fruit (no sulphur dioxide or sugar added is best), mini dark chocolate chips, or chopped nuts

Spray for the 9 x 12 pan (olive oil or coconut oil)

 

Flavor Profiles to Try:

Vanilla Extract and Dates

Almond Extract and Dried Cherries (and/or Walnuts)

Almond Extract and Dried Figs

Coconut Extract and Dried Apricots

Coconut Extract and Dried Pineapple

Vanilla Extract and Dried Apple

Vanilla Extract, Dark Chocolate, and Walnuts

 

Instructions:Untitled

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ pan with spray olive oil or spray coconut oil

2.  In a mixer or a large bowl, combine all the WET ingredients.

3. One at a time add the dry ingredients and incorporate.

4.  Transfer the mixture to the greased pan. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-45 minutes depending on your oven. Check after 20 minutes and every 5 minutes thereafter. You are looking for the edges to turn GOLDEN.

5. Let cool before you cut and serve.

HINT: Cooking time for soft and chewy bars is 25-30 minutes for soft and chewy, 30-35 minutes for medium, 35-45 minutes for crunchy.

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