1 1/3 cups quick-cooking (not instant) rolled oats, divided Just a pinch each; fine salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and ground ginger.
ADD INS: (You can pick anything you fancy, you will want it to equal 1 cup- 1 1/2 cups) and roughly chopped...
*1/4 cup flax seeds, sunflower, or chia seeds, (you can try all to equal 1/4 c)
*almonds and dried cherries, makes a great combo
*apricots and walnuts, another great a great combo
*berrie mix of blueberries, strawberries, and cranberries (Trader Joe's carries this)
*crisp-rice cereal, natural and whole-grain
*unsweetened shredded coconut
*1/4-1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, (OPTIONAL)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup good quality maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 8” square baking pan with parchment paper, letting some paper hang over the sides Easy clean up too. :)
Grind 1/3 cup of the oats in a food processor until powdery. Add them to a large mixing bowl with the remaining oats, the salt and spices, seeds, and fruit/nut/crisp cereal of your choice, and mini chocolate chips if using. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients and then stir them into the dry ingredients.
Put the mixture in the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula. Bake for 20-30 mins, or until evenly browned. Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes. Remove to a cutting board and cut into individual granola bars.