It came over me all of the sudden, I want a granola bar, NOW! Granola Bar, really? I know. I don’t eat processed foods so buying them is totally out of the question, so I’d have to come up with a plan to make them at home… but here is the catch… I wasn’t motivated to actually leave the house to buy anything so I’d have to use what I have on hand!! Luckily, we’re pretty well stocked at this time so I had lots to choose from!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
4c Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1c Raw Sunflower Seeds
1c Raw Walnuts (coarsely chopped)
1c Organic Unsweetened Coconut (shredded or flaked)
1/2c Salted Organic Butter, room temperature
1/4c Dates, chopped
1/2c Organic Coconut Sugar
3/4c Honey (preferably local and Raw)
On a jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper (cookie sheet with sides) combine oats, seeds, walnuts and coconut – top with 1/4c butter. Toast in the oven for 30-40 min, stirring occasionally. You want everything to get lightly toasted, don’t let them burn.
While your toasting in the oven, in a large bowl (that will hold the toasting goodies) coat the chopped dates with coconut sugar, then blend in the butter, honey, cinnamon and a sprinkle of sea salt. Add in the hot toasted goodies from the oven and stir will to get everything coated really well. Taste a little and add more sea salt to your desired sweet-salty ratio.
Spread the granola bar mixture on the parchment lined jelly roll pan you toasted the goodies on (I only used 3/4 of the pan to get my desired thickness). Lay a piece of wax paper on top (it’s cheaper than parchment!) and compress the bars smooth, then discard. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully transfer the parchment paper/granola bar onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely (since it’s winter here, I put them outside to cool quickly) When cool, using a big knife cut into desired bars. Store in an air tight container.