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Granola Bars

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We topped this on yogurt or cottage cheese all week. It didn’t stay in its nice bar shape. It crumbled but that’s okay! The salt was a bit much, watch that next time. We could’ve used more of the apricot/date mix to keep it together more. You could add chocolate chips or dried ginger for a zing.

NEED:

  • 1 1/2 cups extra-thick rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup dried California Blenheim apricots, coarsely chopped (5 ounces)
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates (8 ounces)
  • 1 cup toasted unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. 
  2. Spread the oats and walnuts on 2 separate baking sheets; toast until golden, about 8 minutes for the walnuts and 15 minutes for the oats. Let cool, then finely chop the nuts.

  3. In a food processor, puree the apricots and dates to a paste. Scrape into a medium bowl and stir in the oats, walnuts, coconut, flax seeds and salt. Press the mixture into the prepared pan and chill until firm, about 1 hour. Cut into 12 bars and serve.

MAKE AHEAD

The bars can be refrigerated for 1 week or frozen for 1 month.

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