i took my first shot at making my own granola bars last night. i seem to snack constantly these days so i thought this would be a healthy alternative to the brownies and (pint of) blue bell homemade vanilla ice cream that i crave every night before bed. the recipe was crazy easy. it turned out, though, that the granola bars did not become bars at all. they just became granola. but, it was MAD good granola - warm and crunchy and honey-and-brown-sugar sweet. so i figured that at that point, the best choice would be to throw it in a bowl with the aforementioned blue bell homemade vanilla ice cream. so much for healthy treats.
in retrospect, i should have poured milk over the warm granola and let it get all soft and mushy. next time.
for mmm-mmm good granola, here's the recipe:
* 2 tablespoons butter * 1/3 cup honey * 1/3 cup brown sugar * 2 cups rolled oats * 3/4 cup slivered almonds * 1/4 cup pepitas * 1/2 cup raisins * 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots * 2 tablespoons wheat germ
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line an 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a large saucepan, melt butter with honey and brown sugar. In a large bowl mix the oats, dried fruits & nuts with the wheat germ. Pour mixture into the butter/sugar mixture and stir thoroughly.
Press the granola mixture into your prepared baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool and cut into bars.