Easy Homemade Granola Bars

EASY HOMEMADE GRANOLA BARS
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Serves: 12-15
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Ingredients

2 c quick cooking oats
1 c brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 c wheat germ
pinch salt
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spices
1 c dried cranberries
2 oz dried apricots chopped
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 c honey
2 Tbsp maple or agave syrup
2 Tbsp canola oil
1/4 c natural sliced almonds
1/4 c natural pepitas
1 Tbsp flax seed
1 Tbsp chia seed (or just add 1 more tbs of flax)
1 oz dark chocolate chopped

The Cook

Stephanie Heitmeier Recipe
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Old Hickory, TN (pop. 70,287)
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Member Since Apr 2010
Stephanie's notes for this recipe:
I was looking for something quick and healthy that my husband and I could grab on the go. These granola bars are great and you can add pretty much anything you want. Im always looking for healthier sugar alternatives and instead of 1 cup of brown sugar I do 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup maple syrup flakes. I realize most cooks don't have this on hand so just play around with it!BTW - Get the kids involved in this recipe..Easy for them to do and to customize :)
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Directions

1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2
Add all of the ingredients into a bowl and stir until well combined (you can mix wet ingredients in one bowl and dry in another then combine but my motto is simplify the mess...just mix well)
3
Line a 9x13 pan with wax paper(can use parchment or foil) and pour mixture into pan pressing down slightly. Bake for 30 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
4
Remove from oven and lift out wax paper from pan. Let cool for five minutes before cutting into bars or chunks.
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user Tess TJM tmoo - Sep 9, 2011
never heard of maple sugar flakes?????
user Tess TJM tmoo - Sep 9, 2011
what are pepitas???
user Stephanie Heitmeier sheitmeier - Sep 10, 2011
I ordered the maple sugar flakes online..you might be able to find them at a whole foods....but brown sugar is just fine. Pepitas are pumpkin seeds - they are usually green and you can find little bags of them in the mexican spice section of your grocery store.
user Tess TJM tmoo - Sep 10, 2011
thank you Stephanie..... I will look for them.... since you have given me some hints....
user Tess TJM tmoo - Sep 10, 2011
heheee, I looked and Amazon has them... the flakes...

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