Granola Bars (Good Eats)
I got this recipe from Good Eats (Alton Brown). I looks like a good recipe, easy to make.
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- 8 ounces old fashioned oats, approximately 2 cups
- 1 1⁄2 ounces raw sunflower seeds, approximately 1/2 cup
- 3 ounces sliced almonds, approximately 1 cup
- 1 1⁄2 ounces wheat germ, approximately 1/2 cup
- 6 ounces honey, approximately 1/2 cup
- 1 3⁄4 ounces dark brown sugar, approximately 1/4 cup packed
- 1 ounce unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 6 1⁄2 6 1/2 ounces dried cherries (any combination) or 6 1/2 ounces dried blueberries (any combination)
- Butter a 9x9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, and wheat germ onto a half-sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.
- Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300°F Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine. Turn mixture out into the prepared baking dish and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the dish and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.
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These are great and so simple. We doubled it and added raisins and cranberries along with the apricots. Note for anyone having trouble getting these out of the pan - on the show Alton went around the edge of the pan with a knife to free the sides before turning out the bars - it worked great for us.
Wow are these good. I used the dried mixed berries too and cut up 4 or 5 dried appricots to add to the mix. These were just a bit sticky and very chewy, so for the bars I was giving as a treat to someone, I wrapped them individually in waxed paper. I also took one bar and placed it in my oven set at 225 degrees F for about 25 minutes. The stickiness was gone and the bar was nice and crispy - so if you like your granola more crispy you may want to give this added bake time a try after you cut them. Either way, I prefer these over store bought any day.