Monday, November 2, 2009

Homemade Granola Bars

My cousin Carol gave me this recipe and it was really good!

2 c. old fashion oats
1 c. sliced almonds
1 c. shredded coconut
½ c. toasted wheat germ
3 T. unsalted butter
2/3 c. honey
¼ c. light brown sugar
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. salt
½ c. chopped pitted dates
½ c. chopped dried apricots
½ c. dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 350º. Butter an 8x12” baking dish and line with parchment paper.

2. Toss the oatmeal, almonds and coconut together and bake for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Reduce oven temperature to 300º.

3. Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add dates, apricots and cranberries and stir well.

4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until light golden brown. Cool at least 2-3 hours before cutting into bars.

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