Saturday, April 4, 2009

Homemade granola bars

I've been asked for this recipe a couple of times so here it is. Such a bummer that we can't get those Kashi Trail mix bars anymore those were the only one's I could find without the high fructose corn syrup.

Here is the granola bar recipe I adapted the one from Alton Brown on the food network:

8 ounces old-fashioned rolled oats, approximately 2 cups
2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
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
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts

Butter a 9 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside (I used a bigger baking dish for thinner bars). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees 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 degrees F. Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and peanuts 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 10-15 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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