Saturday, October 19, 2013

Granola Bars

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup of peanuts, crushed
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 8 oz  dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, etc)
Preheat the oven to 400.

Mix the oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, and peanuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes. I usually put the wheat germ in after the first time I stir because it seems to brown faster than everything else and the flavor becomes too strong for my tastes.

Prepare a glass baking dish or similar container about 11x13 by lining it with wax paper. You may want to spray it lightly with Pam or oil.

Put the brown sugar, honey, butter, vanilla extract, salt into a small saucepan and warm on simmer until it melts together, stirring constantly.

Put the baked mixed together with the liquid mix in a large bowl and stir well. Pour that mixture into the lined glass baking dish and press hard somehow to compress it together. I use a 9x9 glass baking dish. Let it sit 2-3 hours to cool and cut into bars.

Tinker with the recipe to your liking. This originally contained more wheat germ and brown sugar, but I toned it down over time.

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