Good-for-You Granola Bars

 

Ingredients (Makes a dozen bars)
1.5 cups puffed wheat/rice/kamut
1/2 cup bran cereal
1.5 cups traditional rolled oats
3.5 tbsp natural peanut or almond butter
1/3 cup organic honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1/3 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
Directions
Preheat oven to 325°. Line a 9×9″ pan with a long sheet of parchment paper that extends over the edges of the pan. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients of kamut, oats, bran, dried fruits, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a saucepan over low heat, warm the peanut butter, honey, vanilla and brown sugar until sugar has melted and mixture is thin.
Pour liquid mixture on top of dry ingredients. Once ingredients are equally coated, spread the mixture into the pan. Using extra parchment paper, press mixture into pan until firm. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
After removing the pan from the oven, use a non-stick spatula to press bars flat. Allow it to cool. Then lift the ends of the parchment and cut into bars.



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