Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tropical Granola Bars

Tropical Granola Bars

Tucher doesn't like the photo shoot, but he patiently waits to try the granola bar!

I was introduced to these delicious granola bars by Sharon at Pilates on Highland. Her friend makes them and she passed along the recipe. I love them! So delicious and healthy. Don't be intimidated by the list of ingredients - you literally just dump everything in, mix, and then bake. There are a lot of variations you could do with this recipe. I am going to experiment and will pass along other great combinations as I do so. So moms, make these for your kids and you will know what you and your kids are eating!

So in the mix of all things pumpkin and fall for thanksgiving, here is a little taste of the tropics that will give your taste buds a happy surprise!

Rochelle's Tropical Granola Bars

3 c organic quick oats

½ c organic flour

¼ c wheat germ

¼ c ground flaxseed (if you buy it whole, just grind in a coffee grinder or food processor)

½ c pine nuts

½ c toasted walnuts, chopped fine

¾ c flaked organic unsweetened coconut

1 c dried pineapple and mango, chopped fine

1 egg, beaten

½ c vegetable oil

½ c honey

¼ c brown sugar

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

1 tbsp candied ginger, chopped

Set oven at 325 degrees. Mix all ingredients together. Spread and pack in greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 25 minutes at 325. As granola bars are cooling, press down with flat spatula. (Substitute pecans, sunflower seeds, berries and cherries for tropical nuts and fruits if desired.)

Tucher really wants a big bite! And after this picture he got one cause he is so stinking cute

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