Granola bars

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We managed to successfuly convert our favorite granola recipe into granola bars. Crunchy without being rock hard. Next we’ll try a nut free version for school.

3 c oats
1 c  almonds, chopped
3/4 c wheat germ
1/2 c coconut
1/4 c sunflower seeds

Heat oven to 350 and toast above till lightly browned about 15 min. Stir frequently  for even colour.

Meanwhile in a sauce pot combine:
2 Tb honey
1/4 c golden corn syrup
1/4 c maple syrup
1/2 c brown sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla
Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer untill foamy, about 3 min.

Place parchment in the bottom of a large rimmed baking tray (11×13″). Grease paper with cooking spray.

Remove oats from oven. Reduce oven to 300.
Stir in
1/4 c dried cranberries
1/4 c raisins
6 dried apricots, chopped into raisin sized pieces.

By hand or with a stand mixer on Low, add hot liquid in a steady stream while mixing. Continue to mix until throughly encorporated.

While still warm press into prepared baking tray.
Bake 15 min. @ 300.
Let cool 10 min then cut into 1″x4″ bars.
Let fully cool before removing from tray & storing in an air tight container.
Yeild 2 dozen bars

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