Monday, December 3, 2012

No-Bake Chewy Fruity Granola Bars

Here's another case where "homemade" is so much better than store-bought. These little lovelies are chewy and delicious. Enjoy by themselves or crumbled up over Greek yogurt. Yum!



Ingredients:


2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
pinch sea salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:


In a medium-sized skillet, toast oats and nuts over medium heat just until fragrant (be sure not to burn!). 

Add the mixture to a bowl, along with the raisins and cranberries and set aside.

In the same skillet add butter, honey, brown sugar and salt. 

Cook until bubbling and then continue to cook for 2 minutes. 

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. 

Pour over the oat mixture and mix  well until evenly coated.

Press into a 8×8 inch baking pan, lined with parchment paper. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to press down firmly on the granola. You want it to be firm and even. 

Place in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes to firm up. 

Remove the granola from the pan. Using a sharp knife, cut the bars evenly. 

Store in a plastic storage bag separating the pieces with parchment paper, if stacking on top of each other. 

Makes 12 granola bars.


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