Before jetting off to euro land I decided to whip up some yumminess to bring over with me! After seeing how easy it was to make granola (seriously try that recipe, previous post, so simple and so good) I wanted to test out making my own granola bars. Turns out this is also SO easy (even easier than granola) and of course delish!! These make great airplane snacks and ride food!
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup almond butter
1 cup cashews
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup of coconut flakes, unsweetened
1 cup dried cherries (I used mixed dried berries, some cherries, raisins, & blueberries. You can find this mix at trader joes!:)
2 cups oats (gluten free oats...or crush up rice cakes to use as an alternative)
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and dried (the whole rinsed thing is unnecessary, just throw it in!:)
1/2 cup flax seeds
Sea salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast quinoa and oats in a pan over medium high heat until fragrant. Allow to cool and combine with cashew, almonds, coconut flakes, dried cherries, and flax seeds. In a small sauce pan, combine the honey, maple syrup, almond butter and coconut oil and heat until hot and melted.
Pour into the bowl of ingredients and fold to coat evenly.
Line a 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 pan with parchment paper. Pour mixture into pan and flatten with the back of a wooden spoon to spread evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes (I suggest 25, I did 30 and they were a bit too golden brown;) until the edges are toasted.
Sprinkle the tops with a little sea salt. (just a tid bit :)
Allow to cool entirely. Cut into rectangles (Really let these cool ALL the way or else they wont hold together as well).