Healthy Food Gift Idea: All Natural Granola Bars

I’m always looking for new granola bars recipes to try since it’s one of mine and my 3 kid’s favorite snacks. I saw a version of this bar recipe on The Whole Kitchen by my friend Jenn which was adapted from a talented Cookbook Author (who I also know) Camilla’s Enlightened Cooking. These Homemade, All-Natural Granola Bars were a huge hit with the kids. I was so excited to share this recipe for a healthy homemade holiday food gift option. These make a great breakfast, afternoon snack or pre-workout offering. I even break them up and stir them into nonfat Greek Yogurt for a wonderful high protein breakfast. You can see me making these on Monday on NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama” at 11:30 CST on my food television segment on featuring healthy homemade food gift ideas.

Homemade All-Natural Granola Bars

Cook Time:

18 minutes

Prep Times:

15 minutes

Yield:

12 to 16 servings

Ingredients:

1 cup finely chopped nuts (I used almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans)
1/2 cup finely chopped seeds (I used pumpkin seeds and no salt sunflower seeds)
1/3 cup finely chopped any variety/combination dried fruit (I used dried apricots, mangos and dried cherries and unsweetened coconut)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup honey

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil and coat with cooking spray

2. In a medium bowl, combine the chopped nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Add cinnamon and honey, mixing well.

3. Pour nut mixture into prepared pan. Using wax paper, press down evenly until mixture is tight in pan.

4. Bake 18 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool at least 30 minutes. Use the sides of foil to lift the bars from the pan. Do not try to remove from foil—they will stick. Cut into bars.Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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