I kid you not when I tell you that these are quite possibly the most delicious granola bars ever. Plus they are pretty inexpensive to make and use ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
- Coconut oil
- 1/2 cup salted butter, softened*
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened*
- 1 cup agave syrup*
- 4 1/2 cups rolled oats*
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour*
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups of mix ins. I usually use the following but just use whatever seeds, nuts and dry fruit you have on hand
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup dried zante currants
- 3 Tbsp flax seeds - lightly grind in a blender before using)*
*Buy these ingredients organic where available
Yield: 20 substantial bars (each of these bars is the equivalent of 2 store bought bars)
- Grease a 9x13 baking pan with coconut oil and set aside. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, blend the softened butters and agave syrup. Add the oats, flour, baking soda and vanilla. Mix until the dry ingredients are uniformly coated with the butter/agave blend.
- Stir in mix-ins until well distributed throughout the mixture.
- Pour oat mix into the greased baking pan. Press down with back of spoon. Place a layer of wax paper on top of mix and continue pressing (hard!) until mix is well packed into the pan.
- Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
- Remove from oven and let stand 20 minutes before cutting into bars. For best results, let cut bars sit in pan overnight to continue setting up.
We usually keep the pan covered on the counter with a small spatula close by for helping ourselves throughout the day. You can also wrap the bars individually in wax paper. Refrigerate any bars you haven't eaten after 3 days.