Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Homemade Berry Almond Granola Bars

An easy, classic, delicious homemade granola bar!  Making your own lets you avoid the addition of processed sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup which is sneaking it's way into almost every packaged food!  This recipe uses only honey to sweeten!  Use raw local honey for allergy benefits!  These's bars are packed full of brain healthy fats!  Enjoy!  


1/4 c. flax seeds
1/4 c. sunflower seeds
1 cup almonds (1/2 lb.)
1-1/2 c. rolled oats
1-1/2 c. dried mixed berries, unsweetened (use your favorite combination of blueberry, cherries, cranberries, etc)
2/3 c. honey, preferably local
1 tsp. cinnamon


1.  Preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a 9X13 baking dish with coconut oil.
2.  In a food processor, grind flax seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and rolled oats until coarse meal is formed.  Stir in the mixed berries, honey, and cinnamon.  Use clean hands to combine mixture.
3.  Place granola into baking dish.  Wash hands and leave moist to press the granola down by hand  until flat and even across the top.
4.  Bake for approximately one hour to one and a half hours until lightly toasted.  Let cool completely in the pan.  To cut into 18 bars use a sharp knife to slice down the middle lengthwise in one straight column.  Then slice 9 rows across.  Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.

Nutrition Facts:  Yields 18 Granola Bars.  1 Serving = 42g
Calories  169
Total Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Carbohydrates 29g
Sugars 18g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Protein 4g
Sodium 4mg

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