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Peanuts & peanut butter are staples in Canadian homes (DYK: The average Canadian eats nearly 3 kg of peanuts per year!), are an economical protein source, and can be enjoyed far beyond a PB & J sandwich, or by the handful!!
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Chewy Chocolate & Fruit Granola Bars
These homemade bars make a perfect spring break (*or lunchbox) treat and are much healthier than commercial granola bars.
¾ cup (175 mL) vegetable oil or coconut oil (*if using coconut oil, bars will be “crunchier” at room temperature
¾ cup (175 mL) liquid honey
1 tbsp (15 mL) pure vanilla extract
2 cups (500 mL) large flake rolled oats
1 cup (250 mL) each; dried cranberries and chopped pitted dates (about 20 to 25 dates)
½ cup (125 mL) each; all purpose flour, finely chopped peanuts, ground flax seeds, green pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate chips
1 tsp (5 mL) each; ground cinnamon and ground ginger
½ tsp (2 mL) baking powder
pinch ground nutmeg
½ tsp (2 mL) finely grated orange zest
¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until very well combined. Press batter evenly into a parchment paper lined 9 X 9-inch square baking pan. Place in center of oven and bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden and toothpick placed in center of bars comes out with little crumb. Remove from oven and cool completely. Cut into 16 bars.
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