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Homemade Granola Bars


Completely healthy and totally easy to make, this treat makes for a great breakfast and after-school or midday snack.

makes 4 to 6

1⅓ cups quick-cooking (not instant) rolled oats, divided

1 pinch each of fine salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground ginger

1 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped (or any combination of roughly chopped dried fruit and/or nuts)

¼ cup flaxseed

¼ cup canola oil

¼ cup high-quality maple syrup

2 tablespoons brown rice syrup

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, letting a bit of excess paper hang over the sides.

2. Grind ⅓ cup of the oats in a food processor until powdery. Add the ground oats to a large mixing bowl with the remaining oats, salt and spices, apricots, and flaxseed.

3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients and then stir them into the dry ingredients.

4. Put the mixture in the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula. Bake for 30 minutes, or until evenly browned.

5. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 15 minutes.

6. Remove to a cutting board (the parchment paper will act as a sort of sling, making this very easy). Cut into individual granola bars.