Back to school granola bars – Anna Rathbun

I made these up last year when my daughter asked for packaged food like all the other kids get. If you cut them in squares and wrap them in wax paper with a colorful sticker they qualify as packaged food.

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup coconut, grated
1/4 cup oat bran
1/4 cup butter
1 whole egg
1/2 cup sugar or sucanat
1/2 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
1 cup extras – raisins, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts,
chocolate or carob chips

Combine oats, coconut, oat bran and nuts or seeds and toast at 325 for 25 minutes.

Combine butter and sugar in a saucepan and heat to melt thenturn the heat off and add the nut butter.

Mix all ingredients together and mix well.

Press everything into a greased 9 x 13 cake pan using the back of a spatula.

Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Remove pan and cool completely before cutting.

Keep in a refrigerated sealed container for 1 week or freeze for longer.

I like to make a double batch, wrap themindividually in wax paper then freeze them for later.

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