We grow as much of our own food as possible to stock up our pantry and freezer for winter. We also like to see what we can make ourselves from bulk ingredients and spend less money at the grocery store while reducing our reliance on modern consumerism and wasted materials in conventional packaging. A few weeks ago, instead of purchasing the high priced organic granola bars, I gathered up my bulk supplies and made a large batch of homemade granola bars that lasted us almost two weeks. Here's the recipe...
MitchaRachia Oatmeal Nut Granola Bars
2 cups oatmeal 1/2 cup applesauce (can't wait to make our own this fall!)
1 cup buckwheat flour 1/3 cup peanut butter
1 tsp baking soda 4 tbs coconut oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup dried fruit (we used apples this time around)
1 cup honey/maple syrup 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
1 egg 1/4 cup sunflowers seeds
2.) Combine oatmeal, flour, baking soda, cinnamon in medium bowl.
3.) Whisk honey/maple syrup (use either/or or a combo), applesauce, egg, peanut butter, and coconut oil in large bowl.
4.) Stir in flour mixture until just moist.
5.) Fold in dried fruit, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds.
6.) Spread in baking pan, smooth top.
7.) Bake 25 minutes, let cool before cutting into granola bar shape.