Flax Seed Granola Bars

October 6, 2011

I had big plans for you this week, friends.  I was going to post candy to get ready for Halloween, and then decided on a pumpkin bread to celebrate fall, and then thought of some pie, because that’s what this season is known for.  And man, do I love them all.  But then, all I really wanted were some granola bars.

I love October.  It’s my second favorite month (the only exception is my birthday month, I’m sure you understand).  I love that the weather is just turning a bit cooler, and that leaves are changing colors.  But what I really just love about October is the food.  Really.  Pumpkin and pears and apples and spices.  It’s the most wonderful time of  year (not December as the song may suggest).  But all I kept thinking was that you all will be engulfed in desserts for the next three months (most likely by this blog) and I just thought that it is time to step back and have a heart healthy and satisfying granola bar.

But, quite frankly, there is something pretty October about granola bars too, don’t you think?  A hearty snack full of oats and spices – it’s totally fall like.  Don’t you worry – those candy and cookie and pie and pumpkin recipes are next for you.  Because I have big plans for you.  But just for this week, let’s celebrate October with these beauties.

Flax Seed Granola Bars (from New York Times)

2 cups oats

3 tbsp. butter

½ cup flax seed meal

½ tsp. cinnamon

1/3 cup honey

¼ tsp. salt

2 tbsp. dark brown sugar

½ cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 inch square or round baking pan with cooking spray.  In a deep pot, melt the butter over a medium-low heat.  Add the oats and stir continuously until the oats are a deeper shade, about 4-5 minutes.  Place the oats in a bowl.  Add cinnamon and flax seed meal.  Stir to mix together.

Wipe out pot and add honey and brown sugar.  Heat over medium heat for about 4 minutes.  The mixture should be bubbly and a bit darker.  Pour over oats.  Mix together immediately until everything is well incorporated.  Gently stir in chocolate chips.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes, until browned.  Take out of the oven and let the bars cool for 10 minutes.  Without taking the bars out of the baking dish, cut the bars into desired size.  Let cool completely and then remove from pan.

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