Reprinted from The Blood Type Diet Website (www.dadamo.com)

Claire's Granola Bars
Contributed by: Claire DAdded: May 31, 2009 at 08:40 PM


Description:

Chewy Granola Bars that eliminate one's need for a cookie - wholesome healthy and delicious!

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup flax seed meal
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup ghee
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup [variation: honey or other compliant sweetener/syrup]
  • 1/2 cup dates [optional]
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract [optional]
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon [optional]
How to make it:
  1. While your oven is preheating to 300F, spread the oats, almonds and flaxmeal evenly on a 9'' x 12'' baking sheet. Bake these dry ingredients for 20 minutes, stirring them occasionally. (If you or yours like really crispy granola, bake the dry ingredients an additional few minutes.)
  2. Meanwhile, heat the ghee, honey and brown rice syrup (or other compliant sweetener) in a small saucepan, allowing the brew to simmer until the oat mixture is ready to come out of the oven.
  3. Put the cranberries and [optional] dates in a food processor. Pulse a bit to grind the dates. I like small pieces of dried fruit. It gets clumpy. (That will be addressed in the next step.)
  4. As soon as the oat mixture is done, add the cranberries and dates, stirring them into the other ingredients. Add cinnamon (optional). I put this mixture in the food processor. Pulse a couple of times. It breaks up the sticky dried fruit and makes for a more dense granola bar. If you like larger chunks skip this part.
  5. Now remove the ghee/syrup mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract [optional], then pour the hot liquid over the oat mixture and stir until all the dry ingredients are coated.
  6. Next, press the granola firmly into the bottom of a greased 8'' x 8'' pan and place it in the still-warm oven to bake (at the same 300F as before) for 20 minutes. (An 8'' x 8'' pan makes bars about an inch thick; if you want thinner bars, use a slightly larger pan.) I use a potato masher to press the granola - it works really well.
  7. When you remove the granola from the oven, allow it to cool before cutting it into squares.