Boy, that title is a mouthful isn’t it? But, that’s how it originally appeared, so I’m keeping it. This is from joyfulabode.com, a Navy wife & mom who cooks grain-free. She has pictures of how a recipe should look at each stage, which I find very helpful. The direct link is posted at the bottom of this post.
- 2.5 cups assorted nuts & seeds
- 1 cup dried fruit
- 2 cups shredded coconut (unsweetened – but I didn’t have to tell you that, right?)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey (this is a little sweet for me, so next time I make these, I’m going to try 1/4 cup)
- Splash of vanilla extract (or three)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Generous sprinkle of cinnamon
- Some more cinnamon (a woman after my own heart!)
- Roughly chop 1 cup of the nuts and seeds. Place in a bowl (the largest bowl you own).
- Use your food processor to pulse the other 1.5 cups of nuts and seeds into a finer “chop”. Add to the bowl. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a coffee/spice grinder or a hand chopper).
- Add your fruit.
- Stir in the dried coconut.
- In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine oil, honey, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Cook until the mixture bubbles, then pour over the fruit/nut mixture.
- Stir to combine completely.
- Press your mixture into a parchment-lined pan of some sort. Press HARD (and she’s not kidding).
- Cool 2-3 hours, then remove from the pan & cut into bars.
These are my favorite “granola” bars or non-granola bars as the case may be. They are a little crumbly, but they are really great for a quick breakfast bar or snack.
Direct link: http://www.joyfulabode.com/2010/09/12/grain-free-granola-bars/