Granola oats bars

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Waking up at 6 to catch office bus in this cold and chilly weather is like a curse..and what makes it more worse is when you have to leave home without breakfast because empty stomach and sleepy eyes leaves me irritated whole morning.. 😦

So, this weekend I decided to prepare some ready to take, healthy and nutritious breakfast… I was thinking about something that I can easily carry and is also very filling and can help me survive the morning till I have my 11 o’clock coffee.. Granola oats bars are perfect for this, made with oats, dry fruits and honey, they not only make a healthy and tasty breakfast, but also a perfect snack for evening tea time..They also make a really good snack for campers and hikers as they are lightweight and healthy. 🙂

Recipe for granola bars:

Ingredients-

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup sliced cashew nuts
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates

Method-

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C. Butter a baking dish and line it with butter paper(I didn’t use butter paper in mine and found it a little difficult to take out the bars, so I would suggest don’t  miss to use butter paper :)).
  2. In the pan, toss the oats, almonds, cashew nuts and coconut together on the medium flame, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned (& a great aroma of coconut fills the kitchen :))aprox for 7-10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl.DSC_0446
  3. In another pan, add butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the dates and mix well.(if you feel that the sauce is little less, add 1 or 2 tbsp. of honey)DSC_0449
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until light golden brown. DSC_0451
  5. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.Store them in a air tight container.

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Since,my brother was on the visit home, I packed some for him too.. 😀

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 Note: You can also add chocolate chips , dried cranberries or any types of dry fruits you like.. 🙂

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