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Granola Bars (Grain Free, Paleo, Gluten Free, Gaps)

These are my favorite granola bars of all time! Nuts and seeds folded into a sticky mixture of coconut oil, honey and vanilla. Simple and sweet. Nothing complicated.

These bars can be adapted with dozens of different ingredients. Substitute your favorite dried fruits for the seeds, add a little flax (I suggest this only for the dehydrated method so the flaxseed oil doesn’t oxidize), or spread the mixture out on a larger sheet and make a sticky-sweet granola to use as a cereal in the morning.

Ingredients

For the bars:
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped almonds (dehydrated or toasted)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cashews (dehydrated or toasted)
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups seeds (I used dehydrated pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or unsalted butter), melted
  • 2/3 cup light honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 300ºF and adjust rack to middle position. Line an 11 x 7-inch baking pan with parchment paper so the sides of paper overhang.
    2. Place the almonds, cashews, coconut and seeds in a large mixing bowl. Heat oil, honey and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Stir in the vanilla and pour mixture over nut mixture. Fold until incorporated. Pour mixture into the baking dish and press into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting (this step is very important. If you cut while they are warm, they will fall apart). Holding onto the parchment, gently lift the bars out of the pan and place on a cutting board. Using a large knife, cut granola into bars. Keep in an airtight container for 10 days.
    3. Dehydration Method (If you took the time to soak and dehydrate your nuts and seeds then you might want to use this option to bake the bars):?Follow instructions above and dehydrate at 170ºF (or as low as your oven will go) for about 7-8 hours, until the outer edges are just slightly golden brown. Cool completely before cutting.
A few tips:
  1. To ensure the granola cuts into clean uniform bars, I usually start in the middle and cut with a large chefs knife. You can also put the granola bars in the refrigerator after baking for 30 minutes to ensure the honey (the glue that binds the bars together) hardens to make cutting easier (this step can be helpful if you live in a humid climate).

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