Saturday, June 16, 2012

Chewy Coconut Almond Raisin Granola Bars

One of the good things about having a life skill is the ability to barter. Baking is pretty much the only life skill that I have in which I'm able to produce something that I can trade. So when one of my friends had an excess of the face wash I like...a trade was in order. She asked for something healthy-ish so these granola bars seemed like a good idea.

They are super easy to make, delicious and will make your kitchen smell like the best place in the world. Welcome to a cash-less society.

Taken from: Joy the Baker Cook Book

1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs ground flax seed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup plus 2 tbs honey
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tbs orange juice


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8-inch square baking dish with aluminum foil, butter the foil and set aside.

2) In a large bowl, combine oats, oat flour, flax seed, spices, coconut, raisins and almonds.

3) In a small bowl combine melted butter, honey, and orange juice. Pour over the oat mixture and combine until all of the dry ingredients are moistened.

4) Dump the mixture into the prepared baking pan and using your hands press into the dish until tight and solid in the pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

5) Remove baked granola from the oven and allow to cool at room temperature for about half an hour, then refrigerate for  an hour more until cool This will make cutting it into bars easier. Cut into 12 bars and wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store in an air-tight container.

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