1 1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup almond meal or ground up almonds (I couldn't find this at the grocery store near me, but I did find almond paste which I substituted)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 package chocolate chips or chunks
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup canola oil (I used applesauce instead)
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients.
Add wet ingredients and mix well (it may seem like there isn't enough wet but keep mixing).
Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray and push mixture into the bottom of the pan with the back of a spatula/spoon.
Bake for 28 - 30 minutes until slight browned on top. Let cool completely and cut into bars.
Now, because I used almond paste instead of meal, these came out very sweet and almond-y. At first I didn't love the flavor, but after a bar or two, I decided I like it. They taste similar to a macaroon with the strong almond flavor. I think next time I may use maple syrup or honey instead of the almond paste. But I still enjoyed each and every bar.
Happy Friday peeps!