We created this recipe a few years back for a fun spring recipe we can make in classes and at events. Kids have fun talking about birds, their nests and how we can help protect them and their homes while gobbling these treats up. It's such a popular and fun recipe that we are excited to share...
2 cups Oats (I use Gluten-Free)
1 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 cup Chia Seeds
1/3 cup Raisins
1/4 cup Dates, finely chopped
1/2 cup Brown Rice Syrup
1/2 cup Sunflower or Almond Butter
1/4 cup Chocolate Chips
In a large bowl combine oats, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, raisins and dates stirring until well blended. Combine the brown rice syrup, sunflower butter or almond butter and chocolate chips in a small saucepan and melt over low heat until warm. Or use the microwave, heating in a glass dish for 1-2 minutes on 50% power. Stir till well combined. Pour the sticky mixture over the dry mixture and fold until well combined. Roll into small balls, then press into a nest shape (kids love this part). We added dried cherries, pistachio nuts and organic jelly beans for eggs. If you have leftover mixture simply press into a pan and refrigerate for a few minutes, cut into rectangles and you have granola bars! Store in an airtight container.