Crunchy Granola Bars

  • Preparation: 30min
  • Cooking Time: 60min
  • Serves: 32 Bars

INGREDIENTS

– 250g Rolled Oats
– 100ml Coratina Extra Virgin Olive Oil
– Generous pinch of Sea Salt
– 125g Honey
– 75g  Light Brown Sugar
– 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
– 1 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon (optional)
– 100g slivered Almonds
– 100g Pepitas
– 100g Sunflower Seeds
– 100g Shredded Coconut
– 85g Dried Cranberry

METHOD

Step 1. Preheat oven to 180 deg C . and grease 2  rimmed baking pans (33cm by 22cm ).

Step 2. Mix the oats, salt and EVOO in a mixing bowl. Spread the mixture over the 2 baking pans and toast it for 20 minutes (or until golden brown). Reduce oven heat to 150 deg C.

Step 3. Pour the toasted oats into a mixing bowl. Stir in the nuts, seeds, shredded Coconut and dried Cranberries.

Step 4. Heat the Honey and Brown Sugar in a saucepan until the sugar has melted (stirring frequently, about 5 minutes). Take it off the heat and add in Vanilla Extract and Cinnamon. Pour the sugar mixture over the toasted oats/seeds/fruit mixture and mix thoroughly.

Step 5. Divide the Granola mixture into 2 pans. Compress the Granola into the pans with an “oiled” metal spatula. Bake the Granola mixtures for another 30-40 minutes until golden, rotating the pans as necessary for even baking.

Step 6. Cool the Granola sheet for 15 minutes (to firm up) , use a sharp knife to score and cut into bars. If the bars fall apart, press them back into shape, they will stick together and harden once completely cooled. Result speak for itself. Cries of “more, please.”