27 January 2014

Crunchy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

The girls and I whipped up a batch of these granola bars once we realized we were almost out of snack and breakfast foods and we won't be grocery shopping for a few more days.  So, thank goodness for food storage.  These are packed with nuts, seeds and grains and have just a hint of sweetness to go along with a great crunch.

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup ground flax
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey (or molasses)
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F.  Sift together the oats, coconut, seeds, almonds, flax and wheat germ.  Pour into a 13x9 pan and brown in the oven for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Meanwhile, melt remaining ingredients (except for chocolate chips) in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.  Combine with toasted oat mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Grease the 13x9 pan and press granola firmly in (spritz your hands with cooking spray if it's sticking).  Bake at 300F for 20 minutes.  Cool completely.  Flip granola out of pan and cut.
Enjoy!


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