Saturday, August 14, 2010

Granola Bars.....

I found a great granola 'tis.  I have left  the recipe all together up top so that if you want to make this the pictures are not in the way.  Just highlight, copy and past into word or pages.

2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal (not quick-cook)
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup honey
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (I used ground vanilla bean)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped pitted dates (had prunes on hand)
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
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.
Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
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.
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.  Freezes very well.  I wrapped up individual squares in waxed paper and froze them.

Chopped fruit, nuts and wheat germ.
Buttered baking dish with parchement.

Brazilian Peppertree Honey and ground vanilla bean!
Honey, butter, brown sugar and vanilla bean and and salt in saucepan.

Oh, go ahead....take a bite!