Chewy Fruity Granola Bars

Chewy Fruity Granola Bars
From the kitchen of Chez Tse

Makes 16

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup light colored honey, such as clover
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 dried apricots, chopped
  • 12 dried unsweetened cherries, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons dried, unsweetened cranberries, chopped


Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, toss together oats, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
  • Spread mixture on a baking sheet and toast in oven 15 minutes, tossing once.
  • While mixture is toasting, heat together honey, brown sugar and butter in a small saucepan until sugar and butter have melted.
  • Mix together oat mixture, apricots, cherries and dried cranberries until dried fruit is evenly coated with wheat germ.
  • Add warm honey mixture and mix until well combined with a wooden spoon.
  • Decrease oven temperature to 300.
  • Line an 8x8 glass baking dish with parchment.
  • Pour granola mixture into pan.
  • Using a second sheet of parchment, press granola into an even layer in baking dish.
  • Discard second parchment sheet.
  • Bake granola bars in oven 15 minutes.
  • Remove and let cool completely.
  • Cut into squares and serve.

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