I Google searched “homemade granola bars” and many links came up for it. I looked at about five or six and I noticed that all the recipes are about the same; just a slight difference on the ingredients. One thing I learned is that you need oats, nuts, dried fruit, honey, brown sugar, and a little butter. The other thing I learned is that you don’t really need to follow the recipe exactly and you can add and omit any of the fruit and nuts as you wish.
After I read the recipes, I wrote down the similarities and made up my own recipe with the nuts and fruits that I like. I headed to my favorite Whole Foods and bought all the ingredients in the bulk section (the store I frequent has a bulk section in which you can pick the amount of dry goods you want, put it in a plastic bag and you weigh it yourself).
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1-2 cups nuts (I used raw almonds and raw cashews)
- 1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed
- 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ or flax seed
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1-2 cups dried fruit (I used chopped pitted dates, chopped apricots, cranberries, and raisins)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.