Out-of-This-World Granola Bars
3 cups organic, old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons oil (try avocado oil or melted coconut oil—either packs a punch!)
1 – 2 Tbsp. brown sugar (to taste)
1 – 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
¼ cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ – ½ tsp. nutmeg
1 – 1½ cups “extras” (dried fruit, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips)
5 oz. Belgian dark chocolate
- While the oven is preheating to 350°F, spread the oats evenly in a 9” x 13” pan. Put them in the oven and toast for about 15 minutes, stirring once or twice. Meanwhile, line a 9” x 9” pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving a few extra inches on each side so you can tent the bars after the granola mixture is transferred to the pan.
- Heat the oil in a small saucepan and add the brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg; bring it to a simmer over medium-high heat. Stir until the brown sugar dissolves, then turn off the burner.
- Add the oats to a large bowl, pour the hot liquid over the oats, and stir to coat evenly. Stir in all of your “extras,” then add the mixture into the prepared pan.
- Fold the extra parchment or foil over the top of the granola mixture and press to fill the pan and to flatten out the granola in the pan. Cool the bars for about an hour or put them in the freezer to cool faster.
- Invert the pan to transfer cooled bars onto a cutting board and set aside the parchment or foil. Slice the bars to the desired size and spread them in a single layer onto the foil or parchment. Melt the chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat. Drizzle the chocolate over the bars with a spoon and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Sugar Dish Me[i]
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