I love granola bars, but the ones from the store are usually packed with preservatives and sugar. I recently came across a recipe from Ina Garten for some homemade granola bars and decided to try it out. This recipe is perfect for a brunch, breakfast, or a healthy snack. Serve them with yogurt, berries, and your favorite hot beverage. Enjoy!
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup old fashioned quick oats
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup chopped up almonds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup of maple syrup
1/3 cup golden syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp of salt
1/2 cup dates pitted and chopped
1/2 cup of chopped apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raisins
Mix oats, almonds, and coconut on a cookie sheet and put in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes to toast a little. Make sure to mix them a few times, otherwise the mix will burn.
In the mean time chop some dates.
Dice a bunch of apricots into small pieces.
In a small saucepan put butter, honey, golden syrup, maple syrup, and vanilla. Simmer for a minute.
Put the baked oats in a big bowl.
Add the melted syrup, butter, and chopped fruits to the dry oats. Mix well.
Put the mixture into a 12 x 8 pan and press well with a spatula. Bake for 25-30 minutes in a 300 degree oven.
Cool for a couple of hours and cut into 18 squares. Enjoy with yogurt and your favorite hot beverage. Bon Appetite!