No-Bake Granola Bars

Snacking is a particular weakness of mine, especially in cheese form. Confession: I treat a cheese board as a form of conquer + attack rather than as a light hors d'oeuvre before or between meals. At Bounty on Broad last week, I relished in the brie and bleu so much that I could hardly take a bite of the esteemed scallop and brisket entrées. Alas, homemade goodies such as these flax seed granola bars save me from such patterns. I hope you'll take this recipe with you into the new year and enjoy its natural sweetness as much as I do.

12489319_939906189424767_3213395272290467919_oMakes 12 servings

1/4 cup coconut oil, butter can be substituted 1/2 cup raw honey 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1/8 cup flax seed, milled or whole 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup unsalted almonds

1. Add coconut oil and honey saucepan over medium heat. Stir to melt and combine. Once bubbling, keep watch until the mixture reaches a nice amber color, about 30 seconds-1 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

2. Add oats and flax seed. Stir until combined.

3. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper. Pour in oat mixture. Using back of a spatula, press until about mixture is evenly distributed and about 1/2 inch thick.

4. Sprinkle dried cranberries and almonds over oats. Press into the mixture. Cool in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to cool. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

recipe adapted by live simply