Natural Granola Bars with Oats, Seeds, and Nuts
1/2 cup almonds, chopped
1/2 cup mixed nuts, raisins, seeds*
1/4 cup pb2 - powdered peanut butter
- 1/3 cup coconut nectar or honey
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups plain rolled oats
- 3 tbsp butter
*The mix I used included: raisins, sunflower seeds, almonds, pepitas, & cashews
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a deep baking pan with aluminum foil, covering the bottom and sides.
Add dry oats and chopped almonds to the pan. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove pan from oven and mix gently. Place the pan back in the oven for an additional 4 to 5 minutes.
Add honey, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla to a pot and stir over medium-low heat until completely mixed. Remove from heat and set aside.
Remove pan from oven and pour oats and almonds into a large mixing bowl. Add in raisins, seeds, and extra nuts and mix. Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until there are no dry spots.
Pour mixture back into pan with aluminum foil and press firmly into the pan. A trick here is to lightly wet your fingers to spread the bar throughout the pan without it sticking. When it is all packed in, cover it with another piece of foil and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.