Chewy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars
MAKES 12 BARS
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw sliced almonds
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup fruit and nut trail mix
Â¾ cup dried cranberries, cherries, or blueberries
Â½ cup coconut oil
Â½ cup light brown sugar
Â½ cup almond butter
Â½ cup brown rice syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Â½ tsp. salt
1 Â½ tsp. cinnamon
Â½ tsp. nutmeg
1. Preheat oven to 350Â° with a rack in the middle position. Line an oiled 13″ by 9″ pan with parchment and set aside. Mix oats, almonds, coconut, trail mix and dried berries in a large mixing bowl.
2. Combine coconut oil, brown sugar, almond butter and brown rice syrup in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until dissolved, 3-4 minutes. Stir in vanilla, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and pour over oat mixture, tossing well to combine.
3. Press the granola mixture evenly into prepared pan using a sheet of waxed paper or plastic wrap on surface and bake 20-25 minutes until lightly golden and fragrant. Remove from oven and allow granola to cool completely before cutting into 12 bars. Wrap bars in wax or parchment paper and store in an airtight container for up to three weeks.
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