Homemade Granola Bars
- 6 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup pecans
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips (if desired)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup flax seeds
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Lightly toast the nuts for 8-10 minutes.
Mix together the cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in a small bowl.
Melt the stick of butter on low heat in a small saucepan.
In a large bowl, toss the oats with the melted butter and spice mix. Spread the mixture out on 2 baking sheets and toast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, toss the oats to make sure they don't burn. Remove from the oven and set aside.
Reduce the heat to 325°.
In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, and honey. Heat the mixture slowly, stirring until all combined and the sugar has melted. Stir in the vanilla.
Toss together the toasted oats, nuts and flax seeds. Slowly pour in the warm syrup mixture, while stirring. Toss the mixture to fully incorporate the syrup.
Line 1 baking sheet with parchment paper and evenly press the mixture into the pan. Cover the pan with another sheet of parchment paper and use it to smooth out the mixture. Once even and smooth, remove the top sheet.
Bake the pan for about 20-25 minutes, until the granola is a deep gold colour. Rotate the pan halfway through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
Remove from pan and cut out your granola bars!