Granola Bars

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Granola Bars that picky eaters like!

Crust:

  • 4 cups nut flour (I used a blend of 2 cups almond and 2 cups walnuts, you can play around with what blend you like. Many use straight almond flour for the entire mix.)
  • 1/3 cup margarine (I use coconut oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • cinnamon may be good to add - I haven't tried it yet but plan to with my next batch.

Mix all ingredients well. flatten on (2) greased 9 x 13" pans. Bake at 300 until golden brown.

Cool Filling:

  • 1 lb. pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup water

Put dates and water in a covered oven-safe pan and bake in the oven until soft. This takes about 15" minutes in a 350 oven. Stir occasionally while in oven. Heat in oven until thick. Cool. Spread date on top of one of the pans. Then I take a spatula and break of a spatula size square from the other pan and place on top. Then I break those squares in half and it is the size of a small granola bar. This makes a nice soft textured bar. These can also be made into cookies by just rolling the crust into balls and flatten into cookie shapes with the back of a butter teaspoon. Cooking, then cooling then spreading the cooled date filling and covering with another cookie. I make my nut flour by just buying the nuts and then throwing them in the food processor. We are trying to avoid all grains so it is a good alternative.

 

Some variations I am experimenting with are:

Strawberry - Rhubarb Filling

  • 2 cups diced rhubarb
  • 2 cups quartered strawberries
  • 3/4 cup honey (or 1 cup sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped ginger, vanilla bean or seed

In sauce pan over medium heat, place fruit and sugar. Cook until tender 8-10 minutes. Add vanilla seeds or ginger (Can also serve on waffles. I take a cookie from the above recipe and make a pie and use the cookie as the crust for him)