Granola Bars

One of my healthy eating goals is to pack more healthy snacks to sustain me throughout the day.  I’ve always wanted to try making granola bars but have just never gotten around to it…until now!

Ingredients
  •  old-fashioned rolled oats,  2 cups (I used a cup of oats, a cup of granola)
  • raw sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup
  •  sliced almonds, 1 cup
  • wheat germ, 1/2 cup
  • honey, 1/2 cup
  • brown sugar, 1/4 cup packed
  • 1-ounce unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  •  chopped dried fruit (any kind you like), 1 cup
  • unsweetened shredded coconut, 1/2 cup
Directions

All measurements are approximate, you can obviously add more or less depending on what you like.

Butter a 9 by 9-inch baking pan and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, coconut, and wheat germ onto a baking sheet. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt in a medium pot and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.

Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees F.  Add the oat mixture and dried fruit to the liquid mixture and stir to combine. Turn mixture out into the prepared pan and press down, place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares or bars and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Recipe adapted from foodnetwork.com

Enjoy!

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