These granola bars are completely customizable — try different nuts and dried fruits or even dark chocolate chips to create your ideal snack.
By Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox
- 2 cups oats
- ¼ cup shelled salted pistachios, chopped
- 3 tbsp flax seeds
- ⅓ cup honey organic or agave nectar (here we used Wholesome Sweeteners)
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2½ tbsp almond butter
- ¼ cup dried Goji berries (here we used Navitas)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange oats in a single layer and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, keeping an eye so they don’t burn. Set aside to cool
- Transfer oats to a large bowl. Add chopped pistachios and flax seeds and toss well
- In a small sauce pan, combine honey or agave with vanilla extract and coconut oil. Cook over medium low hear, stirring constantly until the coconut oil has melted. Whisk in almond butter and and continue cooking for 1 to 2 minutes until well incorporated.
- Remove from heat and add Goji berries. Pour mixture over oats and mix well with a wooden spoon, making sure they are well coated
- Coat a 11inx7in non stick baking pan with cooking spray. Transfer oat mixture evenly, pressing it well into the pan (the more you press it, the better the bars will stick together!). Refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours), remove from pan and cut into bars. Makes about 12 bars (depending on the size you want them). Keep the bars refrigerated
Also check out this recipe for chewy granola bars.