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Crunchy Granola Bars

150 mL lightly packed brown sugar 2/3 cup
75 mL unsalted butter 1/3 cup
5 mL baking soda 1 tsp
5 mL vanilla 1 tsp
300 mL quick cooking oats 1¼ cups
125 mL ground flaxseed ½ cup
125 mL ground almonds ½ cup
25 mL whole flaxseed 2 tbsp

Preheat oven to 170 degrees C (325 degrees F).
In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine brown sugar and butter. Stir constantly while butter is melting and comes to a boil. Boil 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
Stir in baking soda and vanilla. Add oats, ground flaxseed, almonds and whole flaxseed. Stir well.
Press into a 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 inch) pan that has been sprayed with a nonstick cooking spray.
Bake 12 minutes or until golden brown on top and starting to brown around the edges.
Remove from oven and cool. When cool cut into 8 5 cm x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch) bars using a sharp knife and wrap individually.

Yield: 8 5 x 10 cm (2 x 4 inch)bars Serving Size: 1 bar
Bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
Variation: For a chewier bar reduce brown sugar to 75 mL (1/3 cup), add 50 mL (1/4 cup) liquid honey. Continue as above. It will puff up while baking and will be soft to the touch on top. Deflates when removed from oven. Let cool to just warm to the touch before cutting and removing from pan. (It’s harder to remove if left too long in the pan.)
Recipe courtesy of POGA and SaskFlax