These granola bars are sweet, salty, chewy, crunchy and really very tasty! They satisfy many different cravings all at once. I was a little skeptical at first about how they would firm up since there is no baking required, but no need to worry....they firmed up nicely.
We're trying once again to stay away from refined sugars in our house and this recipe is a perfect fit. I can tell you that these bars have made it a lot easier.
- 1-1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup raw slivered almonds
- 1 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 3 cups crisp brown rice cereal
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
- 1 cup unsalted almond butter
- 1 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
In a 350 degree oven toast the oats, almonds, pepitas and sunflower seeds one at a time until nicely browned; stirring occasionally. Toss toasted oats and nuts with cereal and dried fruit.
Using a small sauce pan over low heat add the almond butter and honey stirring just until they meld nicely together. Do not let this mixture cook to hot. Add the salt and cinnamon and stir.
Add the warm mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until all of the dry ingredients are completely coated.
Using a 9 x 13 pan lined with wax paper, press the mixture into the pan. I usually lay a piece of wax paper on the top to press down the mixture so that it doesn't stick to my hands. Cover and refrigerate for several hours until firm. Cut into bars and serve. Store extra bars in an air tight container in the refrigerator.