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Recipe: Granola Bars

Granola Bars

2 cups oats (if certified gluten-free, all the better)
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup honey
2 tablespoons butter (lactose-free is good)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
2 cups dried fruit dices (blackberry, mango, apple, cranberry, pineapple, etc.)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray medium-sized baking dish. Lightly toast the oats and almonds (about 10 minutes - turning frequently). While toasting, heat in a medium saucepan the honey, butter, vanilla and salt. Bring the syrup to a slow boil (on medium). Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oats, almonds, seeds and dried fruit dices. Pour the syrup over this to evenly coat. Re-spray the baking dish if necessary. Add the mixture into the baking dish, smoothing it with a sprayed spatula. Bake for 20 minutes (longer for crunchy bars). When ready take out of oven and let cool for 1 to 2 hours before cutting. These are hard, so we sometimes break them into granola bits instead of bars! Very nutritious.

Gluten-free if you get/use certified gluten-free oats.

Lactose-free if you use a lactose-free "butter".

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