Saturday, March 22, 2014

Fruit and Chocolate Oat Bars



I love to give my kids snacks that I make at home and from scratch. That way, I can ensure I know what they are eating and don't need to worry much that they are taking in too much processed food. Of course, like any other kids, they love to snack on something sweet and fruity. My solution is to make them some wholesome granola bars that not only will they enjoy (something that satisfies their sweet cravings), but something that I won't feel so guilty giving to them as I know they are quite nutritious, too. Using good quality ingredients (organic, if possible) is always my aim whenever I cook or bake and that ensures a truly wonderful result every time.
So if you are looking for some new wholesome snacks for your family, I suggest you try these chewy and yummy Fruit and Chocolate Oat Bars! They are gluten-free and delicious!!!

Ingredients

1 stick Butter
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
3 Tablespoons Honey
2 1/2 cups Gluten-free Old-fashioned Oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded Coconut
1/2 cup dried Cranberries
1/2 cup dried Apricots
1/3 cup Gluten-free Chocolate Chips
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Procedure

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Butter an 8 x11 baking pan or glass dish and line it with parchment paper.

Place the butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan. Heat to medium, stir and cook until sugar has dissolved and butter has melted.

Mix the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Pour over the melted butter mixture. Mix well until everything is coated by the melted butter mixture.

Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan. Spread it evenly and press down until smooth.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely in the pan before slicing. You can cut them up into rectangular pieces though I suggest the square ones so they don't easily crumble. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Enjoy!

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