I am sure you have read all the articles about how “unhealthy” store bought granola bars are. Making your own Apricot Cranberry Granola Bars is one way to control the ingredients, including the sugar and fat. The beauty of this recipe is you can add any combination of wonderful “good for you” ingredients and a little extra treat for the kids like M&M’s, (to get them to eat the “good for you” ingredients).
Apricot Cranberry Granola Bars Recipe
2 C Old-fashioned Oats
“1 C chopped or sliced Almonds
1 C shredded coconut
1/2 C Wheat Germ
3 Tbsp butter
2/3 C honey or syrup
1/4 C coconut sugar* ( or brown sugar)
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp kosher salt or sea salt
1/2 C chopped apricots
1/2 C raisins
1/2 C dried cranberries
To begin your Apricot Cranberry Granola Bars, preheat your oven to 350F degrees. Combine the oats, almonds and coconut. Mix together on a sheet pan and bake for 12 minutes in the oven. Stir once while baking.
Transfer oat mixture into a large mixing bowl and add wheat germ. Reduce the oven heat to 300F.
In a sauce pan, combine butter, honey, coconut sugar and vanilla. Bring to a boil and stir- boiling for 1 minute. Pour syrup into the oats mixture and stir together. Add the fruit and stir.
Turn the mixture out into a 9X13 buttered pan lined with parchment.
Bake at 300F for 30 minutes.
Let cool for a couple of hours before cutting into squares. Try a variation by crumbling the granola after about an hour and eat as a snack or sprinkle on your yogurt with fruit for breakfast. Delicious!
* Coconut sugar is made from flower buds from the Coconut palm. It has a lower glycemic index which makes it a good substitute for cane sugar; and a great substitute for anyone on a low sugar or low carbohydrate diet.