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Take-a-Hike Granola Bars

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

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When you make your own granola bars, you're able to use the exact combination of dried fruit, nuts, and seeds you like.

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At a glance

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Yield
one dozen 2" x 4 1/2" bars

Ingredients

Choose your measure:

  • 1 2/3 cups quick rolled oats
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons Sticky Bun Sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
  • 2 to 3 cups dried fruits and nuts (See "tips", below.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter, optional
  • 1/4 cup honey, maple syrup or corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment or foil) a 9" x 13" pan.
  2. Stir together all the dry ingredients, including the fruit and nuts.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla, melted butter or oil, syrup or honey, peanut butter, and water.
  4. Toss the wet ingredients with the dry until the mixture is evenly crumbly.
  5. Spread in the prepared pan, shaking the pan to evenly cover the bottom.
  6. Bake the bars for 25 to 30 minutes, until they're just starting to brown and are bubbly around the edges.
  7. Remove from the oven, and cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Use a knife (or bench knife) to cut the bars while they're still warm in the pan.
  9. Let cool completely before removing from the pan.
  10. Store, well-wrapped, for a week at room temperature. Freeze for up to one month.