Healthy Granola Bars

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These Granola Bars are divine!  They are a bit sticky on the outside and it is probably the combination of the peanut butter and the raw honey, but they combine so nicely.  The ingredients stick together just as they should.  They are the perfect crunchy granola bar with a dash of chewiness, with pure health! They are the best snack attack and granola bar anyone could ask for :-).

Over the years I have tried several granola bar recipes and they have all ‘been okay, but none of them have really given me the ‘wow factor’ enough to want to re-make them.  This one by far is on top of my list. Since I found this recipe I have not bothered looking for another.  It is just absolute perfection.  I found the original recipe on the ” I am gluten free” blog site (which is amazing, really worth checking out).  I have made a few slight changes with regards to the types of ingredients used, but no matter what is used, it all works well. What I like about it is the versatility of it.  Feel free to use any combination of nuts and fruit.  I usually use what I have in my grocery cupboard and I love the added touch of the pumpkin seeds for that extra crunch.

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These granola bars do need to be placed in the fridge to harden more, once they have reached room temperature.  Try and wait the hour before going into the fridge and devouring….I have a tendency to pick and probe the granola, stealing whatever I can loosen  to snack on during this process, resulting in little indentations of the ‘missing’ nut, flaked coconut or dried fruit !

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Healthy Granola Bars

Preparation time:  10 minutes

Cooking time:  30 minutes

Total time:  40 minutes

Makes about 15 squares

Preheat oven at 180 degrees C/350 degrees F

Main Utensil:  Oven proof dish 9 x 13 inch/23 x 33 centimetres

Ingredients:

1 cup almonds

1/2 cup pecans

1/2 cup macadamia nuts

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

2 cups whole sliced coconut flakes

3/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup chopped mixed dried fruit

1 cup raw honey

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter

Instructions:

Firstly preheat oven at 180 degrees C/350 degrees F

Whilst oven is heating up, line and grease an oven proof dish approximately 9 x 13 inches/23 x 33 centimetres in size.

Measure all necessary ingredients and set aside.

Chop up the nuts and place in a medium-sized mixing bowl.

Add the coconut, cranberries, seeds, chopped mixed dried fruit and peanut butter to the mixing bowl and stir.

In a small saucepan, heat the honey and ground cinnamon until it reaches a melted consistency. (The honey must not boil.)

Then pour the heated melted mixture over the dry ingredients.  Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon until well combined.

Then, transfer into the lined greased oven proof dish.

Press the granola down firmly into the dish as this will help the granola bind nicely.

Place in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Leave in oven proof dish till they cool completely.  As they cool they will harden slightly.

Then, place in the refrigerator for at least an hour to firm up before cutting them into squares.

When totally hard, get a sharp knife and cut into bars or squares as required and set in a sealed container with wax wrap separating them (as they are sticky) and place back in the fridge.

Enjoy 🙂

 

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