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Here’s a granola bar recipe to make for the grandkids

Loaded with nuts and dried fruit, homemade granola bars travel well.
Loaded with nuts and dried fruit, homemade granola bars travel well. TNS

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Cinnamon and berry granola bars

Prep time: 25 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Makes 12 bars

Becky Boyd of Fairfield was looking for granola bar recipes to make for her grandkids.

This recipe comes from “Clodagh’s Kitchen Diaries: Delicious Recipes Throughout the Year” by Clodagh McKenna (Kyle Books, $27.95, 320 pages).

7 tablespoons butter, plus extra for greasing

7 cups steel-cut oatmeal

¾ cup sunflower seeds

1/3 cup sesame seeds

½ cup chopped walnuts

3 tablespoons honey

¾ cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

¾ cup dried cranberries, cherries or blueberries or a mixture

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and line the base of a 7-by-10-inch pan.

Mix the oats, seeds and nuts in a roasting tin and toast them in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, put the butter, honey and sugar in a saucepan and stir until the butter has melted. Add the oat mixture, cinnamon and dried fruit and mix until the oats are well-coated.

Tip the mixture into the tin, press down lightly and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Leave to cool in the pan, then carefully remove and cut into 12 bars.

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