Friday, January 7, 2011

Granola Bars / Sunflower Jewel Cookies


Note from Lois: Make this recipe even healthier by using unsweetened coconut from a health food store, old fashioned rolled oats and natural PB.  Get a jump on school lunches by making these ahead and freezing these delicious treats.

3 1/4 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped nuts
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 beaten egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup coconut
2/3 cup melted butter

Mix oats, coconut, and nuts with melted butter, spread on baking sheet and toast at 350 F for 20 minutes. In large bowl, mix remaining ingredients, add toasted ingredients, press into 13X9" lightly greased baking pan, bake 22 minutes at 350, cool slightly on wire rack, cut into desired size bars, cool completely in pan.


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1/2 cup pure maple syrup                   1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup tahini (sesame butter)           1/3 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
In a mixing bowl, place maple syrup and tahini. Stir until creamy. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto greased tray. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes, just until lightly browned. Cool on tray. These are very tasty treats.

Note: Honey could replace maple syrup, but be sure not to give honey to babies under a year of age.  Honey can cause botulism in babies under a year, but it's safe for babies older than a year.