Moving Out Granola Bars
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 1/2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut, plus 1-2 tablespoons for sprinkling
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons cardamom
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons agave
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/3 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons Earth Balance
1 teaspoon Tamari (or soy sauce)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon orange extract (divided)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips--melted
*Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F. Roughly chop almonds and cashews. Add nuts and oats to a large baking dish with oats. Toast in preheated oven for 10 minutes (stir twice). Add oats and nuts to a large bowl with cardamom, coconut, and white chocolate chips.
*Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
*In a medium saucepan, mix honey, agave, maple syrup, brown sugar, Earth Balance, and Tamari over low heat until all ingredients are fully combined. Turn off heat. Stir in vanilla extract, almond extract, and 1/2 of orange extract. Pour the fragrant sugary mixture over the oats mixture. Mix thoroughly. Press into prepped pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until granola bars are golden brown. Let cool. Slice into bars of desired size.
*Melt semi-sweet chocolate with remaining orange extract in the microwave in 3o second increments. (Microwave for 30 seconds. Remove from microwave. Stir chocolate. Repeat until chocolate is completely smooth). Spread chocolate on 1/2 of the granola bars. Sprinkle with coconut. [One half of the bars will have melted chocolate and one half will not have melted chocolate]. Enjoy!