Berry and Seed Granola Bars

The season may still be winter, but my mind is in total Spring mode.  Just like your house that needs its regular spring cleaning, your body also needs a cleanse before the warm season arrives.  I’m feeling major motivation to eat all things beautiful and healthy these past few days.  Seed and Berry granola bars have just the right about of protein and sweetness to give me that much desired kick midday. They’re super easy to make and so convenient to have around during a busy work week.  Plus, any of the fruits/nuts/seeds, can be changed to whatever you like!  I hope this recipe gets your body and mind ready to take on Spring!

Spring Berry and Seed Granola Bars

  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 15m
  • Total Time: 3h
  • Yield: 8-12 Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Oats
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Almonds
  • 1 cup Coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
  • 2/3 cup Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 4 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Almond Butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 cup Freeze Dried Bananas
  • 1/4 cup Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Freeze Dried Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries or Raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil and grease 13x9 glass baking pan.
  3. Combine Oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, and coconut flakes, lay flat on a baking sheet and toast for 10-12 minutes in the oven, rotating after 5 minutes.
  4. Once the mixture is out of the oven add the Chia seeds, and reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  5. In a small sauce pot combine coconut oil, honey/maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, and almond butter and boil for one minute. Add to granola and mix, add dried fruits last.
  6. Once combined spread into pan and lightly press down.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, cool 2-3 hours before cutting.
  8. Wrap individual granola bars for the week ahead!

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