Monday, April 23, 2012

Chocolate Cranberry Granola Bars

These are so delicious! I was going through my recipe box for inspiration and found this old recipe. I almost hate to call them granola bars because they are nothing like granola bars you would buy at the store. These are made mostly of healthy nuts and have no refined sugar. So, get in the kitchen, make a batch and feel good about eating them! Also, look for a cinnamon raisin version coming soon!

Serves: 8

1 cup old fashioned oats
1 1/4 cups RAW nuts (I used a mixture of cashews, almonds and walnuts)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 Tbs flaxseed meal
1/2 cup raw honey
2 Tbs almond butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper
2. Place all the ingredients in a food processor. Process until desired consistency (approximately 30 seconds- 1 minute. I like mine where there are still chunks of nuts)
3. Pour mixture into pan. Wet your hands and then use them to mash mixture down evenly into pan. 
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cut into eight bars. Return pan to oven and cook 14 more minutes. Remove from oven and cut again where you previously cut the bars. Cool completely and wrap individually in plastic wrap.

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