Are you looking for a great granola bar recipe? I think this one is a winner. It makes granola bars with great flavor and lots of texture.
Homemade granola bars mare a perfect snack any time of day. And they are so much tastier, healthier, and cheaper than the ones in a box.
If you’ve ever wondered about how to make granola bars – I’m here to tell you that it’s really easy and hope you decide to give it a try.
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed
- ½ cup toasted wheat germ
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- ⅔ cup real maple syrup or honey
- ¼ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup chopped dried apricots
- ½ cup chopped pitted dates
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray and pull out a cookie sheet.
- Toss the rolled oats, almonds, and coconut together on the cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
- Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees.
- Place the oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oat mixture.
- Add the cranberries, apricots and dates and stir well.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers firmly press the mixture evenly into the pan.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until light golden brown.
- Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into bars.
*PointsPlus® for calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
My cooking notes and use what you have variations:
- This recipe can be modified in dozens of ways to suit your tastes. I am not a huge honey fan so I always make them with maple syrup. But feel free to use honey or a combination of maple syrup and honey if you like.
- Use the kinds of dried fruit and nuts you like best or have available.
- Ground flaxseed can be used in place of the wheat germ
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