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Homemade granola bars will power the kids through class, after-school activities and more

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As the kids head back to school, these chewy granola bars are great to have on your baking menu. It’s a perfect make-ahead snack and travels well.

A quick note: Don’t use quick, instant, or extra-thick rolled oats in this recipe. Rolled oats (also called old-fashioned or regular oats) are whole oats that have been steamed and then rolled. If these same oats are rolled very thinly, they are called quick oats because they cook, well, more quickly. Instant oats are cooked and then dehydrated, so they don’t need any more cooking, just hot water.

Chewy Granola Bars with Cranberries and Walnuts

Makes 12 bars

3/4 cup walnuts

1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats


1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons water

1/2 cup dried apricots


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