I was a guest again today on my pal Randy’s radio show for recipe corner – 98.5 CKWR. Today I asked my boys what they thought would be a good recipe to share. My oldest suggested my granola bars. See below for this great recipe! It is way healthier than the store bought version, less expensive bar for bar and it tastes so much better too!

Homemade Granola Bars

1 3/4 c. old fashioned oats

1/2 c. chopped walnuts (or pumpkin seeds for a nut free alternative)

1/4 c. unsalted sunflower seeds

2 tbsp. flax seeds, whole

1/2 c. spelt flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

1/2 c. coconut oil (canola oil can be used as well)

1/4 c. brown sugar

1/4 c. maple syrup

1 large egg

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/2 c. dried blueberries, cranberries or chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, making sure there is extra hanging over the edge to grab. You can use these as handles to lift out the bars once slightly cooled.

Spread the oats, walnuts (or pumpkin seeds) on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly toasted, stirring every few minutes. (about 10 minutes in total). Allow to cool.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon & salt.  In a large bowl, combine the oil, brown sugar and maple syrup until well blended. Stir in egg & vanilla. Add in the flour mixture & stir lightly. Add in the oat mixture followed by the dried fruit or chocolate chips.

Bake for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and cut while still a little warm. Store in a sealed container.