Hola Granola Bars

Trying to find another use for our oats, I found this recipe at www.workingmother.com

4 1/2 cups oats
1 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup honey
1 cup raisins dried cranberries or dried blueberries
1/2 cup sunflower seeds or chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 325F. Mix oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Stir in butter or oil, vanilla, and honey and mix gently until just combined. Stir in dried fruit and seeds or nuts.

Line a 9- by 13-inch pan with foil, allowing an extra 3 inches of foil on each end of the pan. Spray generously with nonstick cooking spray.

Press dough into prepared pan evenly to edges.

Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan at least 10 minutes. Grab the extra foil on the ends of the pan and carefully lift to transfer entire batch to a cutting board.

Cut into 24 bars and cool another 10 minutes before removing from foil. When completely cool, store in an airtight tin or wrap in snack-size wax paper or plastic bags so you can toss bars into lunchboxes. Use within 2 weeks or freeze.

If I have labeled a recipe as GlutenFree or Dairy Free but it appears to have those ingredients in it... that means the recipe is still delicious with substitutes/replacements. Ex: soy milk, lactose-free cheese, Bragg's liquid aminos (for soy sauce), all-purpose gluten free flour (Better Batter is my favorite), etc. Please check your individual ingredients to be sure they are GF or DF, if that is what you need.

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