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Blueberry Zinger Granola Bars

I’m a bit of a snack fanatic. If you looked in the drawer of my work desk, you would find a mass array of clif bars, larabars, peanut putter, apples, crackers and the like. If there’s one thing I don’t like (and P can attest to my crankiness) it’s being super hungry with nothing around to eat. I turn from happy-go-lucky fa-la-la Megan to angry “Megan Hungry! Megan Smash!” in a manner of minutes. It’s not a pretty sight. I normally just buy stuff to keep on hand, but damn those Clif bars can get pricy when they add up! As good as those Coconut Chocolate Chip ones are (I ❤ them), last weekend I made up a batch of my own bars.

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To be honest, I’ve been making these bars for a few years now, and even sold them at one point. Since I’m no longer in the granola bar selling business, it only makes for me to stop greedily hoarding my recipes and share them with you! Yeah, I’m awesome like that 😛 I’ve also got like 10 variations of these babies too, so expect to see many more granola bars on the blog in the coming months. I figured I’d start off with these ones since they’ve got some of my favourite things thrown in….and I’ve had a stash of macadamia nuts I’ve been holding onto since our Hawaii trip. I’ve really got to get out of the habit of buying something “special” or “rare” and hoarding it for so long, there have been one too many times that an ever so special ingredient I bought went bad because I kept “saving” it for something.

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These bars are super filling and are brimming with with oats, blueberries, coconut, seeds and ginger. I’m pretty sure you can get dried blueberries at the bulk section of a lot of natural food stores, I’ve found that it’s sometimes cheaper to order online and I buy mine from Nuts Online.

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Blueberry Zinger Granola Bars
Makes 12 granola bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) gluten-free or regular rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup (0.5 ounces) puffed rice
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded unsweetened coconut, loosely packed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (0.7 ounces) ground flax seed
  • 4 teaspoons (0.6 ounce) sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons (0.6 ounces) sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup (2 ounces) dried blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons (1 ounces) candied ginger
  • 1/3 cup (2 ounces) macadamia nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup (3.5 ounces) almond butter
  • 1/2 cup (4.5 ounces) brown rice syrup
  • 2 tablespoons (2 ounces) maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.

Toss the oats, nuts, sunflower seeds and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 12 minutes, stirring once halfway. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the remaining dry ingredients. Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.

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In a double boiler mix the nut butter, brown rice syrup and maple syrup. Heat and mix until smooth, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

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Pour the warm mixture into the dry ingredients.

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Pour the mixture into your prepared baking dish and press, press, press it in (with wet fingers and/or a silicon) until the mixture is packed as tightly as possible.

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Bake for 18 minutes, until light golden brown.

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Cool for 2 to 3 hours before removing from pan and cutting into 12 squares.

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11 thoughts on “Blueberry Zinger Granola Bars

  1. narf77 says:

    WOW! These look amazing! My dear long suffering husband Steve is currently on a slice (what we Aussies call this sort of thing) jag and can’t get enough of the finger sized sweet oaty goodness…this recipe is going to pull his chain to the max! I can’t wait to see what other sweet slicy treats you are going to share but in the meantime, I will be placing this reverently in front of him and waiting for the sigh’s of contentment 🙂

    • Maggie Muggins says:

      I’m totally on a slice (gotta start using that) for finger-sized oaty things lately, no new granola bars just yet but I’ve been downing copious amounts of breakfast cookies! I love your enthusiasm 😀 I really hope that Steve is as enamored with these bars as I am.

  2. Allysia Kerney says:

    Ahh yes, “Megan hungry, Megan smash”, I totally get that feeling! Happens to me too. These bars sound amazing, I had no idea you sold foodstuffs in the past (aside from bake sales)! These. Sound. Amazing. I’m pinning these, and I’ll be damned if I don’t make ’em – I’ve been buying too many snack bars lately!

    • Maggie Muggins says:

      It was short lived but really fun, and I’m hoping to do it again in the not too distant future, once I get all my ducks in a row (what a weird phrase). Or if I happen to fall into a swimming pool of money, ya know, whichever happens first 😉

  3. Hannah (BitterSweet) says:

    I’m always snacking too, since it’s rare that I have enough time midday to sit down to a proper lunch. Healthy little bites are what keep me going, and these bars sound like such a fantastic, tasty option! I do adore macadamia nuts too, and in fact brought home about 2 lbs with me from Hawaii… I just couldn’t resist. 😉

  4. Joey says:

    Those do look superb. Anything with a bit of blueberry goodness gets the thumbs up from me. I’m not sure I could keep these in my desk at work though – I’m not sure I could be trusted to eat just one at a time…

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