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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


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Combine the oats and nuts and spread the mixture evenly on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. 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.
  4. After baking, carefully transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
  5. Stir in the wheat germ, coconut, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and dried fruit and thoroughly mix the ingredients.
  6. Butter a 9 x 12 baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
  7. Pour the granola mixture into the pan and press it down with a spatula to pack the granola tightly. If you don’t
  8. pack the granola into the pan, the granola will fall apart after baking.
  9. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Cool several hours or overnight before cutting into squares. Makes about 16 squares. Store the granola bars in a freezer bag in the freezer.

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