It’s no doubt we all need some fuel for our creativity. At least us Gypsies do. We’re always looking for healthy ways to eat on the go and granola bars were always one of them. But stepping away from packaged food is not always easy for snacking throughout the day. Suffering from hypoglycemia myself (Kelly) and just pure hunger, I decided to whip up some home made granola and give it a try.
I wanted to use some of the ingredients we use in our products, so using oats and coconut oil were a must. I replaced butter for coconut oil from the original recipe grabbed off of smitten kitten here: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/02/thick-chewy-granola-bars/
I must of course give her credit. Mine didn't turn out quite like her amazing chewy looking bars seen on her blog, but they did turn out quite simply sweet with bursting flavors. I call this our gypsy granola because it's of course veering off the original recipe's path a bit using my own combination of fillers and oil. Oh, and I also didn't add the extra sugar, only the pure maple syrup so it doesn't taste too much like a dessert.
- 1 2/3 cups quick rolled oats
- 1/3 cup of gluten free flour (she used oat flour, but I feel any flour will do)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2-3 cups of dried fruits and nuts (I used combination of almonds, dark chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds)
- 1/3 cup of peanut butter (or any kind of nut butter)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons of melted coconut oil (again, smitten kitten used melted butter)
- 1/4 cup of maple syrup (could replace with honey)
- 1 tablespoon water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Coat 9" x 9" pan (or close to) with non-stick spray.
Stir together all the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Combine the wet and dry ingredients (including peanut butter, which I melted first) until even. Spread in pan and press firmly to mold.
Bake bars (or in this instance granola) for 30 minutes until golden brown on edges. Cool completely (I put in fridge to speed up process) before breaking a part or slicing.
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Lots of Love,