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Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars

A healthy snack for kids that are nut-, gluten- and dairy-free, but packed full of nutritious and delicious ingredients.
Course Snack
Author Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats certified gluten free, if necessary
  • 2 Tablespoons honey agave or maple syrup would likely work, if strict vegan
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds pepitas
  • 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup dried apricots chopped
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips dairy free, if desired
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 10x15 in. baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Place all the ingredients except the water in a food processor and pulse until combines and slightly chopped.
  • Add the water and pulse until thoroughly mixed.
  • Spread evenly into the prepared pan and press down firmly with a spatula.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned and firm, but still chewy and slightly moist on the bottom.
  • Transfer pan to a rack to cool completely.
  • Cut into bars about 1 inch wide and 3 to 4 inches long.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

Notes

Adapted from Playground Granola Bars from Noshing With the Nolands