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3. Chia-Seed-Recipe_Granola-BarChia Seed Granola Bar Recipe

Delicious bar full of energy!

Ingredients:

        • 1 1/4 cups crisp brown rice cereal
        • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
        • 1 cup packed pitted, soft dates
        • 1 cup warm water
        • 1/4 cup roughly chopped roasted or toasted nuts or seeds, such as pumpkin seeds, almonds or sunflower seeds
        • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
        • 1/2 cup natural, unsweetened nut or seed butter, such as almond, cashew or sunflower
        • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar
        • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
        • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F.
  2. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a bit extra on the sides to lift out easily and spray with nonstick.
  3. Pour the warm water over the dates and let sit for about 10 minutes.  Then towel dry and chop finely in a food processor or by hand.
  4. Combine in a large bowl the cereal, oats, nuts, chia seeds and cinnamon.
  5. Add dates to the bowl and gently mix.
  6. Combine the nut or seed butter and honey in a small pan over medium-low, stirring for 3 minutes until begins to bubble.  Remove from heat and stir in salt and vanilla.
  7. Immediately pour the nut butter over the cereal mixture, gently combining until incorporated.
  8. Carefully transfer to the pan.  Place a large piece of plastic wrap coated with nonstick spray and press the mixture until evenly spread out and uniformly covers the pan.
  9. Cool for 1 hour and using excess parchment lift carefully from pan.
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