GRANOLA — THIS GRANOLA IS DELICIOUS, ENOUGH SAID.
2 1/2 C. Old Fashioned Rolled Oats ( I Buy the Organic Oats at Whole Foods in the Bulk Section)
3/4 c. slivered almonds ( I throw in half slivered, half whole almonds )
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, pinch of salt
1/2 c. organic maple syrup
1/4 c. melted organic coconut oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract (Make sure you are not using imitation vanilla)
I also like to mix it up each time and throw in various items, including: Coconut flakes, dried cherries, dried cranberries, cashews, raisins & more.
1– Preheat oven to 300 F ; 2- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (optional- I can’t really decide if this helps) ; 3- Toss all dry ingredients in bowl; 4– In separate bowl, mix maple syrup & coconut oil. Then whisk in almond & vanilla extract; 5– Pour wet over dry ingredients and Toss; 7– Spread on baking sheet & bake for 45 minutes, stirring every ~15 minutes. When you take it out of the oven, spread it around on the baking sheet and then let it sit out for at least an hour– this helps it obtain its crunchiness 🙂 I typically store mine in a large mason jar and the recipe should keep for about a month.
Granola Bars make wonderful on the go snacks, but most of the bars are filled with added ingredients that our bodies do not need. The truly healthy granola bars are $2+ a bar- which is a little pricey if you plan on buying them often. Here is a delicious recipe- I have to hide them from my boyfriend if I want to have any for myself! *Note: I keep mine in the freezer. They are great to grab and throw in your bag for lunch, but I would not recommend bringing these on long trips.
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, then spread out on a baking sheet (works best over wax/parchment paper) and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes. Let cool, slice into bars, then freeze. You can freeze them all together on the sheet wrapped up, or individually bag/wrap them in the snack size bags. I am still searching for an eco-friendly method to individually store them. If you have any ideas, please do suggest!
I did not write quantities because I think the best bar depends on personal preference- If people want quantities, I will add them in. Put in a little of each ingredient that sounds good to you, and see what it needs. Make sure you have enough syrup, honey or peanut/almond/sunflower/Cashew butter to act as a glue. Also, I suggest trying out both slivered almonds and whole almonds. Whole almonds give it more of a Kind Bar taste/texture, however you have to balance whole almonds with other ingredients that do not weigh it down, or the bar will fall apart.
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Dazzle: Peanut Butter, Sunflower Seeds, Chocolate Chips, Slivered Almonds or whole almonds, Oats, Honey
Almond Coconut Crunch : Dried Cherries, Almonds, Coconut Flakes (use Organic), Oats, Maple Syrup, Almond Butter, dash of honey if preferred
Salty & Sweet: Almonds, Sunflower seeds, Peanut Butter, Oats, Honey & a dash of Maple Syrup.
Simply Sweet & Crunchy: Oats, Brown Sugar, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Whole Almonds, Honey