Grain Free Granola Bars

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Today was a glimpse of summer.  It was one of those days that reminds you of the many reasons you love Duluth.  I love cleaning on sunny, nice days.  I get so motivated to finally reach the places that haven’t been touched by a rag or broom in the past year.  Today it was the spice drawer.  Baby E likes to reach into the spice drawer, grab some with open lids, and shake as hard as she can.  The whole drawer smells like cumin.  But I tackled that drawer today, and it felt good.  Once that’s done it leaves baking.  There’s something about a clean kitchen that makes me want to bake.  I don’t do a ton of baking.  I don’t have the self-control to keep cookies and sweet breads around the house.  I’ve been wanting to make some granola bars lately.  They are great snacks for the kids and it’s been on my to-do list to get in the habit of making them.  I went for grain free so paleo folks can enjoy them too!  They’re really good and not too sweet. The simple glaze on top gives them just the right touch.

Grain Free Granola Bars

30 min, 9x9 pan

Ingredients:

1 c walnuts, chopped small

1/4 t salt

1/4 c coconut oil, melted

1/4 c coconut flakes

2 T hemp seeds

1/3 c almond butter

2 egg whites, whisked together

1/4 t cinnamon

1 T poppyseed

coconut oil to grease pan

Glaze:

2 T coconut cream

2 T maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375 F
  2. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in medium bowl.
  3. Grease 9x13 pan with coconut oil
  4. Press mixture firmly and evenly into pan.
  5. Bake for 20 min.  Let cool in pan.  (Don’t be freaked out by the bubbling egg whites when you pull it out of the oven.  They’ll settle down)
  6. In small bowl, mix coconut cream and maple syrup.  Drizzle glaze over all the granola bars.