This recipe is adapted from Movita’s blog, which she adapted from Alton Brown. First of all, if you don’t have Movita’s blog bookmarked on your computer, you should. She is witty, creative, and just plain entertaining to read. I’ve tried a couple of her recipes and have yet to be disappointed. Her food is delicious, straight forward, and simple. Just the way I like it. She has hilarious stories presented with a kind of dry wit. If you go to her website, make sure you click on her old website and read the story about the bunnie in her mother’s garden. And then there’s her old dating adventures…seriously, she should write a book.
This recipe is incredibly easy. You can tweak it with pretty much any nut, seed, or dried fruit that you like. Leave in the chocolate, or take it out, add in crystalized ginger, peanut butter, banana chips, dried apple, coconut, dried pineapple, truly…the combinations are endless.
Easy Granola Bars
*Makes 9 bars
2 Cups Gluten Free Old Fashioned Oats
1 Cup Slivered Almonds
1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans
2 Tablespoons Ground Flax Seed
1/2 Cup Raw Honey
1/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar, packed
2 Tablespoons Dairy-Free Butter
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Cup Dried Cherries
1/2 Cup Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips
Preheat the oven to 350° and butter or spray a 9×9 pan. Measure out ingredients.
Spread the oats and nuts (I gave the almonds a light chop before toasting) onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake, turning occasionally for about 15-20 minutes or until they become lightly golden.
Combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Once the nut and oat mixture is done toasting, remove from the oven and decrease oven temperature to 300°.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, flaxseed, and dried fruit. Drizzle the sauce over the top and mix thoroughly. Fold in chocolate chips.
Press gently into the pan and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Movita’s says to “press” into pan…I did mine gently which resulted in maybe a slightly fluffier bar because food that looks like it’s been touched too much grosses me out.
Allow to cool before cutting. I slid a very sharp knife around the edges and scored the bars while they were still warm to aid in cutting. Can be refrigerated or placed in an airtight container on the counter for up to 1 week.
You know, it was a year ago to the day that I wrote about that bunny in my mum’s garden (http://movitabeaucoup.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/bearly-speaking/). And it’s probably better for everyone involved that I’m no longer dating…
Thanks for the shout out on your blog – I’m truly flattered! (Mostly because you sound way healthier than I am.)
Your stories are hilarious, I love reading them! And believe me, if I am healthier than you are, you can trust that it’s only out of necessity because of the whole gluten and dairy allergy “thing”. 🙂 I gave you a shout out on Facebook yesterday too. My friend Gala, who owns Rockets Gourmet Wraps and Sodas in Billings, Montana is going to make your granola bars in their restaurant tomorrow.
This looks really good and easy to make. I actually have all the ingredients to make it. I’m only going to make one modification, I’m going to dip the bottom half in melted chocolate…YUM…..Chocolate makes the world go round. Thanks for posting this, it will make a nice on the go snack for us glutenfreederite tribe members;)
They even got a thumbs up from my “non-nut eating” husband. 🙂 Movita puts chocolate chips on the top of hers when they come out of the oven, lets them melt a bit and then spreads them over the top. But dipping them sounds good too!
Oh man…I did not think to simply put the chocolate chips on the top and then spread them after they melt…….I like to do things the hard way….LOL. I’ll remember that trick next time I make them;) These granola bars turned out fantastic. I never liked store bought granola bars before I made these, and now I would have to be seriously desperate to ever buy ones again. Homemade rocks!!! This is a keeper recipe. I love it. YUM!!! Thank you. I’ll have to check out Movita’s blog as well! P.S. My non-nut eating daughter loved these!!
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