Easy Homemade Granola Bars

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Serves: 12-15
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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

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Stephanie Heitmeier Recipe
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Old Hickory, TN (pop. 70,287)
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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Preheat oven to 350 degrees
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)
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.
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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