Saturday, May 16, 2009

Hippie Loving Tree Hugging Granola Bars

So, in an attempt to make a cheap snack, I concocted some granola bars. Wine optional, but recommended.

2 cups oats
3/4 cup wheat bran
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 ground flax
1 cup slivered almonds
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
4 Tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
sprinkle of cinnamon
pinch of salt
2 handfuls dried cranberries
shaved semi-sweet chocolate (or chocolate chips if you're Megan)

Toast the wheat, sunflower seeds, oats, flax, and almonds for 10-12 minutes at 400.

In the mean time, line a baking dish with waxed paper and lightly spray or drizzle with olive oil and prepare for great things.

Bring brown sugar, honey, butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt to a slow simmer.

Dump cranberries and chocolate into large mixing bowl. Add toasted goodness and the beautiful syrup you just made. Mix well or you're going to have granola crumbles.

With a spatula, spread across waxed paper. Cover with remaining waxed paper and press down as hard as you possibly can without grunting. You want these suckers to stick together dang it.

Let cool for 3 hours. Mine are currently cooling, I'll let you know what to do next...

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