Homemade granola bars. Mmmmm!

Recipe and photo found here.

Completely healthy and totally easy. A great breakfast or after-school snack too.

- 1 1/3 cups quick-cooking (not instant) rolled oats, divided

- a pinch each fine salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and ground ginger

- 1/4 cup flax seeds

- 1 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped (or any combination of roughly chopped dried fruit and/or nuts)

- 1/2 cup of dark chocolate bits

- 1/4 cup canola oil

- 1/4 cup high quality maple syrup

- 2 tablespoons corn or rice syrup

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 8” square baking pan with parchment paper, letting a bit of excess paper hang over the sides.

Grind 1/3 cup of the oats in a food processor until powdery. Add them to a large mixing bowl with the remaining oats, the salt and spices, flax seeds, and apricots. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients and then stir them into the dry ingredients.

Put the mixture in the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula. Bake for 1/2 hour, or until evenly browned. Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes. Remove to a cutting board (the parchment paper will act as a sort-of sling, making this very easy). Cut into individual granola bars.

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