Nut and Dried Fruit Granola Bars
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup hazelnuts, skins off
- 1 cup agave syrup
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 cups brown rice cereal
- 1 - 1.5 cups mixed dried fruit (I used half dried apricots, chopped, and half cranberries)
Smash the hazelnuts with the back of a pan to break them into large chunks.
Spread the oats and hazelnuts onto a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, heat the agave syrup, brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a slow boil, then remove from heat to let cool.
In a large mixing bowl, combine sunflower seeds, rice cereal, mixed fruit, oats and hazelnuts.
Pour the agave mixture into the bowl and stir to coat.
Line a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
Spread the granola mixture into an even layer, smoothing out the top.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Cool completely before cutting into squares.
Recipe adapted from Gluten Free Girl and the Chef
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