Granola Bars

granola-bars-sI’m always looking for something new but healthy to add to the children’s lunch boxes.  In enjoy the chewiness of this granola bars and the contrast of the apricots gives it a nice tang through the sweetness of the honey.

Ingredients:

500 ml (2 c) Oatmeal
250 ml (1 c) Sliced almonds
250 ml (1 c) Shredded coconut
125 ml (½ c) Bran / Wheat Germ
45ml (3 tblsp) Butter
⅔ c Honey
60 ml (¼ c) Brown sugar, lightly packed
7.5 ml (1½ teasp) Vanilla Essence
1.25 ml (¼ teasp) Salt
125 ml (½ c) Pitted dated, chopped
125 ml (½ c) Dried apricots, chopped
125 ml (½ c) Dried cranberries, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180’c. Butter a 20 by 30cm baking dish.
  2. Toss the oatmeal, 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 mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ.
  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 150’C.
  4. Place the butter, honey, 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 oatmeal mixture. Add the dates, apricots, and cranberries and stir well.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.

Source:  Foodnetwork.com – Ina Garten

 

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