Dan bikes to work nearly every day. At least he does when we don’t get a ton of snow overnight. When he gets to work, he’s understandably hungry, and needs a second breakfast. Rather than store-bought bars, I sent him to work with half of these this week.
I kept the rest for myself to snack on in the afternoons. And I’m not sharing my half. They’re just too good!
These bars are soft and tender and full of fruity flavor. I can’t wait to try them with peach butter. Or pumpkin butter….
Apple Cinnamon Spice Granola Bars
Makes 12 bars
1/2 c millet
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 1/4 c oats
1/2 c turbinado sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp chia seeds
2/3 c maple syrup
2/3 c olive oil
1/2 c almond butter*
1 c (1/2 pint) apple butter**
Preheat oven to 350*F and grease a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.
In a large mixing bowl, stir the millet, flour, oats, sugar, salt, baking soda and chia seeds together. In a small bowl, whisk together the syrup, oil and almond butter until mostly smooth. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until all the dry ingredients are coated.
Press 1/2 of the oats mixture into the prepared baking pan. Spread the apple butter evenly over the top. Top with the rest of the oats mixture, and press down with the back of a wooden spoon so that the top layer sticks together.
Bake at 350*F for 45 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
*Note: If you don’t have almond butter, another nut butter will do just as well.
**Note: If you can’t find apple butter, you can either make your own (cut the recipe in 1/2 or even 1/3) or use another type of fruit preserves. However, I don’t recommend jelly or jam, since they contain too much water!