Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Healthy Granola Bars

My kids and their friends love to munch on these chewy, sweet treats when they come home from school.  I love that I can whip them up in less then 10 minutes.  To help them cool faster, you can set them in the freezer for about five minutes.

2 TBS coconut oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (you could also use quick oats)
1/4 cup hemp hearts or chia seeds (optional)
1/4cup almond slices (optional)
1/4 cup chocolate chips or diced dried fruit (optional)

Bring the oil, sugar, honey, and almond butter to a boil over low heat. Add the vanilla. Stir in the rolled oats, hemp hearts (or chia seeds) and almonds. Press the mixture into a pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the mixture with chocolate chips and/or dried fruit. Cut the mixture into bars, and allow to cool for 1 hour.

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