A healthy granola bar recipe. Homemade granola bars made with bright orange zest and juice, almond butter, honey, almonds and coconut. NO butter or oil!
Prep Time: 5mins
Cook Time: 48mins
Cooling Time: 1hr10mins
Total Time: 2hrs3mins
2 1/2cupsrolled oats
1/3cupunsalted almonds, - roughly chopped
1/2cupnatural almond butter
Juice and zest of 1 orange - (about 1/2 cup juice and 2 tablespoons zest, divided)
1/2teaspoonpure vanilla extract
1large egg - beaten
Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving extra hanging off of the sides. Coat with cooking spray.
Spread oats, wheat germ, almonds, coconut, and flax seeds on an ungreased baking sheet. Toast in the oven for 11-13 minutes until lightly browned and fragrant, stirring once half-way through. Remove from oven and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the orange juice. Let cook until reduced by about 1/2, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Stir in the almond butter, orange zest, honey, vanilla, ginger, and salt, heating and stirring until smooth. Pour over the oat mixture. Fold until slightly incorporated. Add the beaten egg and continue to mix until the oats are evenly moistened. Fold in the golden raisins.
Press mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until fragrant and lightly golden. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Using parchment paper, lift the bars from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely (at least 1 hour.) Slice and serve.