Okay, so I may be a little obsessed over Granola bars. I’ve made 3 more batches since my last blog post. I even ordered a bar pan from pampered chef. It isn’t here yet, but I’m super excited about it. I promise, this will be my last post with a granola bar recipe because I think after this one you guys will get the point about how to make them, and how customizable they are. But this one is REALLY good, and I had to share.
I used coconut sugar in this recipe, which has trace amounts of nutrients, and a lower GI then regular sugar, so its at least a tiny bit healthier for you then using brown sugar but it tastes about the same. There’s also flax and chia seed in here for added omega 3’s and some weight loss boosters. The preserve I used are natural, grape juice sweetened preserves, so make sure you read your ingredients, you don’t want anything with high fructose corn syrup. And of course, buy organic whenever you can!
Oh and my normal camera’s battery is dead so I had to take pictures with my cell phone, sorry about that. These guys really deserve better photos. I’ll take other ones later when the battery charges =)
Strawberry Pistachio Granola Bars
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1/4 coconut sugar
- 1/3 cup gluten free all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 1/2 cup nuts, dried fruits (I used a combination of pistachios, freeze dried strawberries, flax seeds, and chia seeds)
- Strawberry preserves
Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray a 8×10 pan with oil. Mix all the ingredients together, except the preserves. I do this by hand. When its all nicely combined, press most of it into the pan, reserving about 1/4 of it for the top. Spread a thin layer of the preservers over the top of the granola mix in the pan, I used the back of a spoon to do this. Then top with the rest of the granola. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let it cool at least 2 hours, I stuck mine in the fridge over night. Its much easier to cut into bars after it has cooled off.
Cut into bars and enjoy! These freeze great too.