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No-Bake Birdie Granola Bars

These granola bars are jam packed with healthy seeds for a quick afternoon snack.

August 11th, 2014

Recipes and Food Styling by Signe Langford

So loaded with healthy seeds we couldn’t help but think of our fine feathered friends. We’ve also added a touch of maple in place of vanilla.
Servings
Makes about 12 typical-sized bars
Prep Time
15 to 20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats, toasted
  • 1/4 cup raw, toasted white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup green, raw, shelled, pumpkin seeds or pepitas
  • 1/4 cup raw, shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 raw chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup maple flakes (optional)
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • 1/4 cup runny honey
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp maple extract
Directions
  1. Lightly coat an 8” x 12” or 9” x 11” casserole dish, cake pan, food storage container with cooking spray or butter and set aside.

  2. In a large, dry, skillet over medium heat, toast the quick oats and sesame seeds until lightly golden; stirring or tossing constantly so as not to burn. Once toasted, tip into a large bowl.

  3. Add the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia, flax, stir to combine, and set aside.

  4. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the butter, honey, and brown sugar, and stir until the butter has melted and the ingredients are well blended – about 2 minutes – continue to heat and stir until the butter mixture is bubbling slightly; about another 2 minutes.

  5. Remove from heat, add maple extract and stir to blend well.

  6. Pour the warm butter mixture into the dry oat mixture and stir until evenly mixed and coated. Press the mixture into the greased dish evenly and very firmly. Loosely packed bars tend to crumble when cooled.

  7. Set bars aside for about 2 hours at room temperature. Once cool, run a knife around the edges, and flip out onto a cutting board to cut; the shape and size is up to you. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

No-Bake Birdie Granola Bars
Photography by Carlo Mendoza

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