Here it is! My vegan altered recipe for granola bars!!! Hooray!!!
As you will see by the photo, I double this recipe, and my five children and hubby demolish the pan in no time at all! They really are that yummy, and not
super sticky sweet. And my kids do not feel so left out walking by all the prepackaged junk in the grocery store. These taste better than that, anyway- so my 99 percent vegan children inform me!
All Gone Granola Bars
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 cups dried fruit, cranberries, chopped dates, and raisins
Grease a 9 by 9-inch glass or stone baking dish and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, cinnamon and wheat germ onto a half-sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the meantime, combine the brown rice syrup, brown sugar, coconut oil, vanilla extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.
Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees F. Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine. Turn mixture out into the prepared baking dish and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the dish and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week... If they last through the day!!!!!!