Sara's "Granola Bars" Recipe

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Submitted by susyq645

Makes 30 servings



http://www.food52.com/recipes/12067_saras_granola_bars My friend Sara is a great cook, and she's forever amazing me with her deftness at making something transcendent out of a few simple ingredients. She doesn't tend to favor elaborate, cloying desserts -- more than once she's ended a dinner party with a plate of her homemade "granola bars." They're chewy and rich, a jumble of nuts, cereal, seeds and dried fruit barely held together with almond butter and honey (no baking involved). She's not shy with the salt, which I think really sets these bars apart. Last week, she shared the recipe with me, and now I'm sharing it with you. These are great to have around, as a dessert or a snack.

Recipe Ingredients for Sara's "Granola Bars"

1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raw sliced almonds
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
3 cups rice crispies (you can substitute brown rice crispies or puffed rice)
1 cup dried apricots, sliced thinly
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup almond butter
1 cup honey
1 tablespoon sea salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Recipe Directions for Sara's "Granola Bars"

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Toast the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds. (Sara recommends toasting them all separately because of different burn rates -- I found that the pumpkin seeds took the least amount of time, at 7 minutes, and the sunflower seeds the most, at about 15 minutes.) Ask a question about this step.

  2. When all the items are sufficiently toasted, toss them with the brown rice crispies, sliced apricot and cranberries in a large bowl. Ask a question about this step.

  3. In a small saucepan, heat the almond butter and honey just to get melty, not cooked. (This is your glue and if it boils or even comes close, it gets hard and yucky.) Stir in the salt and cinnamon, then pour over the oat and nut mixture and stir. You want to get everything incorporated and 'glued' together without crushing the tender crispies. Ask a question about this step.

  4. Turn into a 9x13 baking dish lined with parchment and press the mixture evenly and firmly -- again, try not crush the crispies too much. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours. Cut into 2-inch squares before serving

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Dessert

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 44.8g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
170
Calories from Fat
87
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
9.7g
15%
Saturated Fat
1.1g
6%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
215mg
9%
Potassium
173mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates
19.1g
6%
Dietary Fiber
1.8g
7%
Sugars
10.4g
Protein
4.2g
Vitamin A 3% Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 4% Iron 13%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B
  Good points
  • No cholesterol
  • High in manganese
  • High in magnesium
  •   Bad points
  • High in sugar
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