Golden Fruit and Nut Granola Bars

golden-fruit-nut-granola-bars Romulo Yanes


  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup nut butter, homemade or store-bought
  • 1/2 cup light agave nectar
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped raw, unsalted mixed nuts, such as almonds, pistachios and cashews
  • flaky sea salt, optional


1. Preheat oven to 325° F. Mist an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray; line with parchment. Pulse 2 Tbsp. flaxseeds in a spice grinder until finely ground.

2. In a food processor, combine nut butter, agave, 1/2 cup raisins, vanilla, ground flaxseeds, 1/4 cup water and salt; process mixture until pureed.

3. Place oats, nuts, remaining 1/2 cup raisins and unground flaxseeds in a bowl; stir in nut butter mixture. Spread in baking dish, tucking in exposed raisins. Sprinkle with flaky salt, if desired. Press mixture down firmly.

4. Bake until dark golden and dry to the touch (mixture will not rise), 30 to 35 minutes. Press down again. Let cool completely in baking dish on a wire rack, then remove from baking dish and cut into 12 bars. To store, stack bars in an airtight container with waxed paper or parchment between layers; keep at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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  • Yield: 12 bars

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 256
Fat per serving: 13g
Saturated fat per serving: 1g
Cholesterol per serving: 0.0mg
Fiber per serving: 4g
Protein per serving: 7g
Carbohydrate per serving: 32g
Sodium per serving: 66mg
Iron per serving: 2mg
Calcium per serving: 70mg

Good to Know

If you often have to eat on the go, pack one of these bars in your purse for a dose of healthy whole grains and protein.
Caroline Wright