Super Awesome Granola Bars October 26 2014

By Debbie Scalion, RHN

2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup ground chia or 1/2 cup ground flax
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup sulfite-free dried apples or     sunflower seeds
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup raw honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9 x 13 baking pan. In large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut sugar, wheat germ, chia, cinnamon, flour, raisins, sunflower seeds and salt. Make a well in the centre, pour in the honey, egg, coconut oil and vanilla. Mix well. Pat the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, cut into bars or squares. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting or they will be too hard to cut.

Gluten-Free Option: Substitute brown rice flour for the whole wheat flour and quinoa flakes for the oat flakes unless you can find gluten-free oats.