September 2014 Recipe Redux Challenge

Whether it’s extra garden bounty or a sale at the supermarket – dehydrating food is a budget-friendly way to stock up for later. You can use a food dehydrator, a low slow oven, or natural sunshine to preserve natural healthfulness. Show us how you like to dehydrate, or a healthy recipe for how you enjoy using dehydrated fruits, veggies or other bounty.

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I know it seems silly to talk about a tropical inspired granola bars when everyone else is talking about pumpkins, apples, sweaters and boots but hear me out. When we were asked to think of dried fruits or vegetables for this months challenge my mind immediately went to pineapple and mango which therefore lead me to my favorite trail mix blend, The Tropical Fruit and Nut Blend. I knew then I wanted to incorporate some of these flavors into a homemade granola bar since I am always looking for new and healthy snacks to have around the house.

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Don’t let the name of these bars confuse you into thinking they can only be enjoyed in the surroundings of sand, palm trees and water. These lightly sweet and chewy bars can and should be eaten year around whether you need a little pick me up while hiking, swimming, snow skiing or simply just because. They are great for packing in lunch boxes or to have around as a morning or afternoon treat. If you are looking for something quick and easy in the mornings pair one of the bars with a bowl of Greek yogurt for a filling and nutritious breakfast.

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The pieces of dried fruit, flakes of coconut and the oats provide the perfect texture and crunch. These granola bars are healthy , hearty and filled with tropical flavor.

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Tropical Granola Bars
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • ⅓ cup dried pineapple, chopped into small pieces
  • ⅓ cup dried mango, chopped into small pieces
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease and line a 7 x 11 baking pan
  3. Place oats, flaxseeds, coconut, pineapple, mango, and salt in a large bowl and mix to combine
  4. Mix oil, honey, vanilla in a small bowl.
  5. Pour the liquid ingredients in with the dry, mixing till everything is combined
  6. Pour mixture into baking pan and press down firmly.
  7. Bake 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting into 12 bars