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Eating organic is a vital defense mechanism in a world plagued with all sorts of illness and ailments. It is hard to eat organically sometimes due to finances whilst others being due to lack of availability, however we try when we can to do so. Today we made some Granola Bars for Abu Abdurahman to take with him to snack on while he’s away at school and at work. The first time we made these they turned out great but we decided to make them healthier and swapped the vegetable oil for coconut oil, and exchanged most of the main ingredients from conventional to organic products. The recipe was originally taken from www.allrecipes.com and modified as follows:
2 cups organic oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup organic wheat bran
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup organic whole wheat flour
3/4 cup raisins (or chocolate chips/dried cranberries/ chopped dried dates)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (whichever type you prefer)
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using a spoon initially then your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. If you allow the bars to sit for too long they will harden and you will not be able to cut them.
We made two batches and wrapped each bar in foil to keep them fresh and last longer. They make a great breakfast for children with some milk and fruit.