SUPER GRANOLA CEREAL BARS

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Whether a quick or easy snack, travel or trail food, crumbled into cereal, used in baking, a good granola is a great asset in any kitchen.  At Grainworks, there are over 50 products that we carry that could contribute to a granola recipe.   While we focus on several of these in this particular recipe, efforts are made to mention where you could substitute in your own personal favporites.  The Super Granola title stems from this particular rendition’s use of the “super foods” chia, hemp, and flax in addition our November Farmstand Special items, spelt flakes and khorasan wheat flakes.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup spelt flakes

1 cup khorosan flakes

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup 7 grain cereal

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup veg oil (or melted butter)

1/3 cup hemp

1/3 cup milled flax

1/3 cup chia

1/2 cup raisins/dried fruit

1/4 cup cocoa (optional- if you like a subtle chocolate taste)

DIRECTIONS:

  • After assembling these ingredients, or ones you choose to substitute, mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Whisk honey and oil together in another bowl.  You may need to melt the honey slightly for it to whisk well, depending on the honey.
  • combine dry and wet ingredients in a (very) large bowl.  It’s best to have lots of extra space as it will need to mixed well until consistently coated throughout.
  • Spread into a baking pan or pans at roughly a 3/4 inch thickness.  preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • bake for 20 min, before reducing heat to 225, and baking an additional 30 min.
  • let cool and either cut into bars or crumble into cereal form.  Enjoy!

*We have found this to be the right ratio of dry ingredients to wet but it is always slightly variable.  If you are improvising, try to keep the ratios fairly consistent.

** For wet ingredients, a ration of 1:1 of oil/fat to honey/syrup is best.

*** If you prefer to make bars or to break the granola into larger pieces (as shown) you can eat with your hands, you can substitute in some unbleached or whole wheat flour for half the amount of any of the flakes, or 7 Grain Cereal.    This also works best when using butter instead of vegetable oil.  This helps bind and bake the granola into the bars.

****Standard granola usually focuses on oats, and would in this case use 4 cups of oats.  Though they are sweeter to the taste than spelt and khorasan, the increased nutrition and protein from those grains help make this granola healthier, without compromising how ridiculously delicious it is.

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