This recipe makes soft chewy granola bars, that you can customize to your tastes, or to what you have in the pantry. Instead of 1 cup of dried fruit, a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and a 1/2 cup of dried cherries would be a good combo. Ooh and maybe a little candied ginger… I may have to start another batch.
(I used almonds, almond butter and dried orange zest in the picture of the granola bar)
2 Cups old fashioned oats
3/4 Cup wheat germ
3/4 Cup sunflower seeds
1 Cup almonds (or any nut you like), chopped
3/4 Cup coconut flakes (or shredded)
2/3 Cup brown sugar
1/2 Cup honey
4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons peanut or almond butter
1/4 teaspoon seasoning (dried orange zest, cinnamon, or nutmeg etc)
1 Cup dried fruit (diced if it’s not already small pieces)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Place a large pot over medium heat, add the oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, nuts and coconut to the pan to toast. Stir the mixture occasionally, when the oats are lightly toasted pour them into a 9×13 pan and set aside. In that same pot that you just used add the sugar, honey, butter, peanut butter and spice; bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar dissolves, maybe 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in vanilla. Add the oat mixture and the dried fruit to the pot and mix it all together. Line the 9×13 pan with wax paper and pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Place another piece of wax paper on top, press down hard to fully compress everything together. Let it sit for an hour before cutting into bars. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap or layer them between wax paper in an airtight container.