Recipe of the Week – Ginger Cashew Granola Bars

In honor of National Granola Bar Day, we challenge you to try and make homemade granola bars. It’ll give you the freedom to choose what you want and don’t want in them. Here’s a recipe to get you started:

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Ingredients

2 cups old-fashioned oats (gluten free, if possible)
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1 cup cashews, coarsely chopped
1 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
2 tbsp water

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the ends for easy removal and cleanup. Grease parchment paper.

In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flax seed meal, cashews, apricots, ginger and salt.

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter, sugar and honey together. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

Add butter mixture to oat mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Spread mixture evenly in pan and press down firmly. Use the flat-bottom of a measuring cup if you have one.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes (they will be very soft), then lift bars out using edges of parchment. Let cool for another 20-30 minutes, or until starting to firm up. Cut carefully into bars using a very sharp knife.

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