Monday, June 20, 2011

Agave-Sesame Granola Bars

These granola bars are soft and on the gooey side, but the seeds give them some nice crunch.  Wrapped in foil, they make great fuel for long hikes or bike rides.

The Ingredients:
3 T margarine or coconut oil
2 1/2 c rolled oats
1 t cinnamon
1/3 c pumpkin seeds
2 T sesame seeds
1/3 c dried fruit, in small pieces
1/3 c ground flax
1/2 t salt
1/2 c + 2 T agave (or brown rice syrup, or a combination of both)

The Process:
  1.  Preheat oven to 350, and lightly oil a 8"x8" pan.
  2. Melt margarine in a medium saucepan.  Add oats and cinnamon. Toast over medium heat about 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add sesame and pumpkin seeds and continue to toast for 2-3 more minutes, or until oats are golden-brown.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in fruit, flax, and salt until well combined.  Add agave and stir until oat mixture is coated. Press very firmly into pan, and bake 16-20 minutes, until edges are golden.
  4. Let cool completely before serving, or they'll fall apart.

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