I'm nuts for nuts! Not only the perfect nutrient-rich snack, but when turned into meals, dressings and desserts, they become more than just some silly nuts! I love them for their versatility and all the ways they nourish and satisfy. Nuts are a great source of protein, minerals and mono-unsaturated fat (the good kind), reduces cholesterol and promotes a healthy cardiovascular system. Make these super easy and delicious Granola Bars at home! Homemade On-the-Go Power Bars 1 cup Organic Rolled Oats 1 cup Mixed Nuts (I love pecans, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds) 3/4 cup Dried Fruits (I love cranberries, blueberries, golden raisins and chopped dates) 1 tablespoon Cinnamon 1 teaspoon Sea Salt 1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup or Raw Honey 1 teaspoon Vanilla 3/4 cup Coconut Oil (To make these grain-free, simply sub in another cup of chopped mixed nuts for the Oats!)
In a bowl, mix Oats, Nuts, Cinnamon, Salt and Dried Fruits together. In a small skillet, bring together Oil, Honey and Vanilla over low heat till melty. Pour this liquid goo over dry mixture and mix until well integrated. Line a square or rectangular pan with parchment paper and transfer over sticky mixture, evening it out and pressing into corners. Lay down another sheet of parchment on top and press down firmly over entire surface. Remember, the success of granola bars lies in how well they stick together, and how well they stick depends on how firmly your press. Keep pressing! Then refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Unpeel parchment paper, and transfer stuck-together block of granola to cutting board, and cut into bar-like sizes! Super simple and delish. The best part is these bars keep for days and days; just make a huge batch and store.