Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Homemade granola bars!
Foods that I really like and tend to buy, I like trying to make homemade. I enjoy experimenting with cooking, but more importantly, everything taste better homemade! Granola bars have always been a staple snack for me, so after doing some searching I found this recipe a couple years ago and really liked! Today I made some more and wanted to share!
I have to credit joyfulabode for the recipe idea! I made some alterations to her version and this is what I came up with:
• 2 1/2 cups oats
• 3/4 cup wheat germ
• 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
• 1 cup almonds (or nut of your choice) food processed
• 2/3 cup brown sugar
• 1/2 cup honey
• 4 Tbsp butter
• 3/4 tsp Kosher salt
• approximately 8 oz. dried fruit
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix nuts, oats, wheat germ, and sunflower seeds in a baking dish with sides. Toast them in the oven for 10-12 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
- Move oat mixture into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- Prepare an 11X13 baking dish by lining the bottom with wax paper.
- Combine brown sugar, honey, butter, and salt into a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
- Pour sugar mixture over oats and mix well
- Spread mixture in baking dish with a wooden spoon or spatula.
- Cut another sheet of wax paper and place on top. Press hard so granola compacts.
- Let granola sit and cool for 2-3 hours
- Remove wax paper and move big bar to a cutting board.
- Cut with a big knife (not sawing)
They taste amazing and I have already eaten way too many today! I have to warn, this time they didn’t stay together perfectly. The original recipe had only 2 cups of oats. This seemed super sticky and wet, so I added another cut. I guess the extra glue is needed to hold them together! I think the best bet would be 2 ½ cups, a happy medium!