These bars, more cookie than health food, are loaded with oats and flaxseed meal. They’ll satisfy a craving for an afternoon sweet or provide an energy boost while hiking or camping. Other rolled flakes like, rye, barley, or spelt can be substituted for the rolled oats, as can wheat germ or wheat bran for the flax seed meal. Toasting the oats in butter is crucial to the texture of the granola bars. This extra step results in a bar that is nutty and golden all the way through. I especially like the tartness that a mix of light and dark Flame raisins adds to the bars, but you can use whatever raisins you have on hand.
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