Honey Almond Granola Bars

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I don’t know if this is true for you, but it seems that May is one of the biggest birthday months. Not only does this month include my own birthday but that of my sister’s, my grandmother’s, two co-workers, and several close friends. I guess August (9 months before May) is a month for romance! Last week I celebrated the birthday of one of my closest friends, whom is also my “spuddy”. A little term coined to describe my spin-class-buddy. We frequent spin class about four times a week together and we celebrated her birthday after one of our classes. A couple of her “spuddies” and myself decorated her spin bike with balloons, played her favorite songs, and brought treats for everyone to delight themselves in. What is better than sweating out 500+ calories with close friends and then sharing in food and a few cold beverages afterwards? I decided that for this party I would make granola bars. We needed a post-workout treat that wouldn’t put us back; we just hustled so hard and didn’t need to ruin all that with some sugary, processed, store-bought junk food. The granola bars were perfect; sweet, salty, filling, and had just the right amount of nourishment we craved. These bars are so simple to make and require only one large bowl, one pot, and one pan. Easy-peasy. The ingredients are simple yet carry so much wholesomeness. One of my favorite things about making granola bars is the versatility; combine flavors that you love, use whatever it is you have on-hand, and get creative. Just remember that the important part is to combine the right ratio of dry to wet ingredients to achieve the perfect combination of gooeyness and crunchiness.

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Honey Almond Granola Bars {Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo}

Makes about 12 granola bars
Prep time: 5 minutes, Bake time: 30 minutes 
Inspired by Smitten Kitchen's Granola Bars 

2 cups gluten-free rolled oats

1 cup slivered almonds, chopped

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup mixed dried berries (I used a combination of golden raisins, cranberries, cherries, and blueberries)

1 cup brown rice crisp cereal

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup almond butter or creamy peanut putter

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup clover honey (or agave nectar if Vegan)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 300º and grease a 8″x12″ baking dish with coconut oil spray. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients; rolled oats, coconut, almonds, berries, cereal, spice & salt. In a quart saucepan heat all the wet ingredients over low-medium heat to a smooth liquid consistency, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and pour over the dry ingredients. Using a large spatula mix well and then pour into prepared baking dish. Press firmly with the back of the spatula to achieve a flat surface. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until light golden brown. Let sit at room temperature for a couple of hours before cutting into bars using a serrated knife. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week or pack into neat little parchment packages and share with your friends!

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  1. Stephanie

    31 May, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    This is the best granola bar recipe I have tried! Thanks so much for sharing!

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