These granola bars are the perfect way to get your gingerbread fix first thing in the morning without actually eating a cookie. They get the signature gingerbread flavor from molasses in the syrup, lots of ground holiday spices and, my favorite, a couple tablespoons of candied ginger. This recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 13-by-18-inch baking sheet; I like to do this and freeze half for later. By Sarah Holden for Food Network Kitchen.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment and grease well with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine the brown sugar with the oil, honey and molasses in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Toss together the oats, nuts, pepitas, dried cranberries, candied ginger, spices, wheat flour, wheat germ and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Pour the honey mixture on top and toss to coat. Transfer to the prepared pan and spread evenly. Spray the bottom of a second baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and use it to press the granola down into the pan evenly. Sprinkle the holiday sprinkles on top.
Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely, then remove from the baking sheet and cut into fourteen 1 1/2-by-4-inch bars. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week or freeze for up to 2 months.
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