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JLC Kids in the Kitchen – Groovy Granola Bars Recipe

The Junior League of Charlotte is involved with the Kids in the Kitchen initiative.
From our JLC website (link https://www.jlcharlotte.org/?nd=kitk):
“This program is intended to teach children and their parents healthy choices and nutrition through the preparation of healthy meals. The goal of this initiative is to empower youth to make healthy lifestyle choices and help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues. The program is supported by a website, www.kidsinthekitchen.org. The website includes bilingual recipes, tips on nutrition, fitness and healthy lifestyles as well as an interactive “Kid’s Corner” with an online nutrition game provided by Kids in the Kitchen international sponsor Cartoon Network. Be sure to check it out!”
I picked the following recipe from the Kids in the Kitchen website, from the snacks category. It looks easy enough to make and sounds delicious. I am hoping to make a batch of these “Groovy Granola Bars” for my son!
Groovy Granola Bars recipe (link http://kidsinthekitchen.ajli.org/recipes/snacks/groovy-granola-bars/)
Makes: 24 servings
Ingredients:
4 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup all-purpose flour (or 1/2 cup whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cup butter (not margarine) softened
3/4 cup honey
1 cup dried raisins, cranberries, blueberries, or apples
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, almonds, or other nuts
Directions:
Preheat oven to 325F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the dried fruit and nuts.
Mix well with an electric mixer until all ingredients are incorporated.
Stir in the fruit and nuts until they are mixed into the oatmeal dough.
Scoop out dough and press into a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, lined with foil and sprayed with      nonstick cooking spray.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes.
Lift foil on the sides to remove the entire batch from the pan.
Cut into bars and cool another 10 minutes before removing cut bars from foil. Store in an air-tight container or individually wrap each one in plastic wrap so they’re ready to go when you are!

Jessica