4. Homemade Granola Bars
This bar combines the wholesomeness of granola, in the convenience of a bar. Store-bought granola bars can be very expensive and often have too much sugar. In this recipe, I replaced the sugar with honey and maple syrup. You can also save money by purchasing many of the ingredients in the bulk department of a discount grocery store.
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup sliced or chopped mix of nuts, like almonds, walnuts, and pecans
1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened if possible
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups dried fruit, such as cranberries, raisins, cherries, and chopped apricots
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Combine the oats and nuts and spread the mixture evenly on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes, stirring the mixture after five minutes. Keep a close eye on the granola; you don’t want the oats and nuts to burn.
- After baking, carefully transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
- Stir in the wheat germ, coconut, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and dried fruit and thoroughly mix the ingredients.
- Butter a 9 x 12 baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
- Pour the granola mixture into the pan and press it down with a spatula to pack the granola tightly. If you don’t
- pack the granola into the pan, the granola will fall apart after baking.
- Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool several hours or overnight before cutting into squares. Makes about 16 squares. Store the granola bars in a freezer bag in the freezer.