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How to Make Amazing, Healthy Granola Bars

by Organic Spa Magazine

Granola bars that are a healthy and delicious way to snack.

 Aside from its gorgeous setting, perfect weather, beautiful villas and amazing spa, you know your visit to Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in San Diego is going to be great as soon as you get to your room and see the tasty, healthy treats that are left for you: cold-pressed green juice and house-made granola bars.

Executive Chef Jarrod Moiles hails from Boston, and you can see the Northeast coastal influence in the many seafood dishes--lobster tacos, anyone?--on the menu. The weather in San Diego makes it easier to live an active, outdoorsy lifestyle, which he wholeheartedly embraces, and his cooking style is a cunning blend of healthy and deeply satisfying flavors.

Chef also has an affinity for garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. Having grown up gardening with his family, Chef Moiles now has a close relationship with the folks at the renowned Chino Farm, only five minutes from Rancho Valencia, which Alice Waters made famous when she sourced from them for Chez Panisse. (Take a drive over there, you will be wowed by the delicious, exotic baby vegetables, all organically grown.)

At Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, Chef oversees the two lovely on-property restaurants, Veladora and The Pony Room. And he is the creator of the amazing, healthy and delicious granola bars, recipe below. Thank you, Chef!

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa Granola Bars

3 cups cashews

12 tablespoons sesame seeds

10 tablespoons flaxseed

1/2 cup bran flour

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cardamom

1 cup maple syrup

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Ground cashews and mix all dry ingredients together. Heat the maple syrup and coconut oil. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Flatten in a sheet pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Let cool and slice as desired.

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