Thursday, April 11, 2013

Carl's Wicked Awesome Bars

My husband wanted to make granola bars.  He searched for recipes that didn't contain white or brown sugar and found nothing the really suited him so he threw together this one based on several recipe ingredients he found.  He emailed me the recipe he had tested a couple times and titled the email "Carl's Wicked Awesome Bars :P" so the name stuck!  

Carl's Wicked Awesome Bars

4 cups regular oatmeal
1/4 cup milled flax seed
1/4 cup milled chia seed
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup craisins
1 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
Dash of cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
1/3 cup sunbutter

(Feel free to change up the nuts, butters, and fruits to suit your taste!)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Drizzle some olive oil on a paper towel and rub inside of 7 x 11" baking dish.

In medium bowl mix together oats, flax seed, chia seeds, and nuts.
In another bowl mix together craisins, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, cayenne, cocoa,  sunbutter.  Yes it looks a little nasty but I promise it'll be fine once added to the oats!
Pour honey mixture over dry ingredients. 
Stir until dry ingredients are completely coated. 
Dump into prepared pan.  
Press firmly into pan. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes. After you remove from oven, press them again. 
Allow them to completely cool before you cut them.  Store them in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap. 

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