Here's the granola bar recipes I have been working on for my next book. My family really likes them.
These low fat, lightly sweetened bars are cooked at a low temperature to preserve the maximum amount of nutrients. They are great for snacks, breakfast on the run, or in lunch box.
3/4 cup raisins or chopped dried fruit
3 cups rolled oats
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
½ cup honey, maple syrup, or brown rice syrup
1/3 cup peanut butter, almond butter, or tahini
¼ cup raisin soak water
Place raisins in small non-plastic bowl or measuring cup. Pour over just enough boiling water to cover fruit. Preheat oven to 250°. Oil a 9 x 13-inch baking dish Drain raisins but reserve soak water. In large mixing bowl, combine oats, seeds, coconut, cinnamon, and fruit. Place honey, nut or seed butter, and ¼ cup raisin soak water in small saucepan. Heat at low, stirring until smooth. Pour over oat mixture. Mix thoroughly. Press prepared baking dish. Bake for one hour. If crispy bars are preferred, bake an extra 15 minutes. Score into squares immediately upon removing from oven. Let cool. Bars will harden as they cool.