Litterless Lunch Hack #1: Make Your Own Granola Bars!

Kicking off our month of litterless lunch ideas is a recipe from the Zero Waste education coordinator herself, naturalist Kathy Jenkins, who says: “I get stressed out if I run out of these because I can’t handle buying bars from the store. You can add whatever dry ingredients you like.”

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Hat-tip to Girl’s Gone Child for this one.

Aunt Nancy’s Granola Bars

2 cups rolled oats (we like the “extra thick”)

1 cup flour (either gluten free mix or all purpose)

½ c brown sugar

¾ c dried currants

¼ c ground flaxseed

½ tsp salt

½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts, or a mixture

½ c  oil (or ¼ c oil + ¼ c applesauce)

½ c honey

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9×13 baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray with vegetable oil spray.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9×13 baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray with vegetable oil spray.

In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, currants, flaxseed, salt cinnamon and nuts. 

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In a separate bowl, stir oil, honey, egg and vanilla. 

Pour into the oat mixture and mix by hand until evenly moistened. 

Press into prepared pan and use damp fingers to press into the corners of the pan.

Bake 25-30 minutes until the edges are golden. 

Cool completely in pan before turning out onto cutting board and cutting into bars.    These can be individually wrapped and frozen. 

 

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