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Holy granola, Batman!

21 Sep

I made this just for you.¬†I’ll leave it here….

Dried Fruit & Coconut Granola Bars

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Ingredients

2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

1 cup sliced, raw almonds

1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

1/4 cup toasted wheat germ

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

8 tbsp honey (I used imitation honey, to reduce the calories & sugar intake)

2 tbsp light brown sugar (I used Splenda brown-sugar blend)

1.5 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup dried, diced apricots

1/2 cup dried, low-sugar cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss the oatmeal, coconut and almonds together and put on a cookie sheet. Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring regularly, until the mix is toasty brown. Remove from heat and throw in a large mixing bowl. Add the wheat germ.

Lower the temperature of the oven to 300 degrees.

On the stove, combine the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a small saucepan on medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour into the bowl with the oat mix and blend¬†together. Add the dried fruits and mix again. Pour the granola into a parchment-paper lined baking dish (8×12). Make sure it’s packed in tightly.

Bake for 25 minutes. Pull the mix out and use a spatula to press the mix down firmly together. Bake for an additional 5 minutes. Let cool for 2 – 3 hours before you cut into bars.

Makes 12 bars.

Calories: 244

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