Monday, April 13, 2015

No Bake Granola Bars with Orange Zest

No Bake Granola Bars with Orange Zest
Loving these little no bake granola bars perfect when I'm feeling snacky and want to enjoy on the go. They're flavorful and both soft and crunchy. I especially like the touch of citrus zest, orange being my favorite here. This recipe allows for a lot of varieties so have fun.
xox Diana 

20 square bars or 10 long bars
2 cups rolled oats – not instant
zest of one orange or  lemon 
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut - run through spice grinder to make smaller shreds
1/2 cup currants such as dates, cranberry, raisin, fig
¼ cup raw unsalted pumpkin seeds
¼ cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped raw almonds
¼ tsp sea salt
1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil melted
1/3 cup maple or agave syrup
1/2 cup peanut or almond butter or tahini

Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper allow to hang over sides just a bit. 

1. Combine the oats, zest, currants, seed/nuts, salt, shredded coconut in large mixing bowl.
2. In small saucepan warm the coconut oil until just melted, add the peanut butter and maple syrup
and mix very well, add this to the dry ingredients and mix well again. 
3. Press the mixture firmly and evenly into the 8x8 pan, place in freezer for one hour to firm up, remove from freezer and lift granola out of pan, slice into 20 squares or 10 bars, store in the fridge in airtight container.

The ingredients above are just my suggestions but play and add others.

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