Yesterday, I decided to make something I’ve never made before – granola bars. Honestly, I’ve never tried them either. I am not a big fan of crunchy desserts, so even getting some granola bars from the store did not intrigue me. However, I know that my husband is a big fan of anything nutty, so I decided to make these for him. All the ingredients that I used for this recipe were organic, but you can use anything that you have on hand. Feel free to modify the ingredients if you prefer, and adjust it to your liking. One important note: the bars may crumble, therefore, it’s important to let them cool completely before cutting into them.
Yield: 12-16 bars
- 2 cups Old-fashioned Oats
- 1 cup sliced Almonds
- 1 cup Shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened, your choice
- 3 TB spoons Unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup Honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Pitted dates, chopped
- 1/2 cup Dried apricots, chopped
- 1/2 cup Dried cranberries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
Toss the oats, almonds, and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
Place the butter, honey, and vanilla 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 the dates, apricots, and cranberries and stir well.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 hours before cutting into squares. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.