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Homemade Granola Bars

Greetings, friends! 
You know how people say its better to eat numerous small meals in a day rather than two or three big– or in my case, humongous– meals?
Easy!
I love snacks.

Well, you’re probably not supposed to continue to have your three big meals plus the snacks.
Rules, rules, rules.
I quite like granola bars, or rather, the idea of granola bars.
Sweet heaps of chocolate and oats?
#ahyeeeah
Crumbly blocks of crummy crumbs?
UH-UH. NOT COOL.
p.s. I snack like a bear about to hibernate so these store-bought handfuls of granola crumbs could really bring about my financial downfall.
HENCE:
Here’s what you’ll need:
3 c. rolled oats (you can use certified GF if you so desire)
1/2 c. honey
2 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp brown sugar (The brown sugar is not pictured below because he missed picture day. Damn slacker.)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1 1/2 c. mix-ins (I used chocolate chips, coconut shavings and chopped walnuts)
Here’s what you’ll do:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Lay the oats across a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 15 minutes, stirring at least once during this time to keep from burning.

3. While the oats toast, melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat.

4. Add the honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and allspice.

5. Stir the mixture well and let it come to a boil.

6. Pour the mixture over the toasted oats once they have been transferred to a large bowl and combine until all oats are coated.

7. Add your mix-ins and fold them into the oats.

8. Lay parchment paper down onto a baking sheet and spread the mixture evenly. Use a separate sheet of parchment paper to pack down well.

9. Allow the granola to set for at least an hour and then slice it into bars. Should yield about 12 bars.

#SNAX
What is your favorite snack food?
Until next week, cheers!
Granola Bars

by Truly Cozy
Ingredients (12 bars)
  • 3 c. rolled oats
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1 1/2 c. mix-ins (e.g. chocolate chips, coconut shavings, chopped walnuts, etc.)
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Lay the oats across a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 15 minutes, stirring at least once during this time to keep the from burning.
While the oats toast, melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add the honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and allspice.
Stir the mixture well and let it come to a boil.
Pour the mixture over the toasted oats once they have been transferred to a large bowl and combine until all oats are coated.
Add your mix-ins and fold them into the oats.
Lay parchment paper down onto a baking sheet and spread the mixture on it evenly. Use a separate sheet of parchment paper to pack it down well.
Allow the granola to set for at least an hour and then slice it into bars. Should yield about 12 bars.
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