Mediterranean Honeymoon Granola Bars

Friday, August 19, 2011


Dayv and I took a cruise of the Greek Islands for our honeymoon.  Each morning, I looked forward to my amazing breakfast of figs, dates, apricots, almonds, and tons of fresh fruit.  Recently I thought how that combination of dried fruits and nuts would make a delicious granola bar.  And so, my Mediterranean Honeymoon Granola Bars were born ;)

Mediterranean Granola Bars
dry:

2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1/2 cup organic vegan sugar
1/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup chopped turkish apricots
1/2 cup chopped mission figs
1/2 cup currants

wet:
2 tbsp flaxmeal mixed with 4 tbsp water, and set aside for 5 minutes
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
1/3 cup unsweetened natural applesauce
1 tsp almond extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line one 8"x8" glass pan with parchment paper going one way, so that the opposite sides of the pan have parchment sticking out above the top.  Lightly grease the parchment paper and exposed pan with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and mix until everything is evenly distributed.  In a medium sized bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together until everything is evenly coated.

Pour into prepared pan and press down until the mix is firm and level, making sure that it has completely taken the shape of the pan(I used the back of a rubber spatula).  Put pan in preheated oven and bake for about 40 minutes, or until light browned around the edges.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for about an hour(or until pan is no longer hot).  Then, place in freezer and allow to chill for an additional hour or two.  After the bars are cooled, use a sharp knife and cut bars into desired size(I cut mine into 8 bars).  Pick up both sides of the parchment paper and lift the bars out of the pan.  Wrap individually and store bars in the refrigerator or freezer to keep firm.

10 comments:

  1. How exciting to visit Greece!! My husband and I just returned from a honeymoon in France and Spain, but Greece was a close contendor. Thanks for sharing this recipe that inspired you - it looks great!

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  2. thanks, jesse! i've been to spain but never france! definitely on the list, though ;)

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  3. these seriously look phenomenal! i *really* wish i could eat oats, and seeing these doesn't help at all. ;) love the flavor combination going on!

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  4. aww..*swoon* that seriously means so much to me <3 thank you!

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  5. Those granules makes it interesting to prepare. I will seriously prepare my own version of this, I love it.

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  6. thanks! let me know how they turn out!

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  7. yay for Autumn flavored granola bars! I might even add a dash of pumpkin pie spice in here.

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  8. that is SUCH a great idea, mariah!

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  9. these look really fabulous :)

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