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Coconut Pear Granola Bars

Gluten-free granola bars for Michael.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups certified gluten free oats
  • 3/4 cups flax meal
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup roasted & salted pepitas
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried pears
  • 1/2 cup raisins

What I Did:

  • Toast the oats, nuts, and coconut on a metal 11×15.5 baking sheet at 350F for about 5 minutes, stirring every minute.
  • Simmer sugar, honey, oil, and molasses in a medium sized heavy bottomed pan on med heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Stir in the oats well, remove from heat.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Grease a sheet of waxed paper and place in a metal pan (I use the same 11×15.5 metal baking sheet, it’s cool by the time I get to this step) .
  • Empty contents of the pot onto the paper, and cover with another greased sheet of waxed paper.
  • Spread it out and press it down REALLY HARD (this is why you use a metal pan and not glass or ceramic).  Use a mallet or rolling pin.  It should cover the entire baking sheet.
  • Set aside and allow to set for at least two hours (the most difficult part, really).
  • Cut into desired shapes, store air-tight layered between waxed paper (you can save cracker & cereal bags and cut them just for this purpose!)

I’m going to make a batch for myself without the gluten-free oats.  They were kind of pricey.  But at $8 for 2lbs we got a better deal at Andy’s Food Market than we could find online.