Homemade Granola Bars

Granola anyone?

Homemade Granola Bars by Bakerette.com #breakfast #snacks #recipes

By the way, where did granola come from to describe a person? I think it’s strange how we use food to describe people. Sometimes we call a person “fruity” to describe someone who is odd or weird. Other times we call a person “corny” to describe someone who is old-fashioned or trite. Granola refers to someone who’s like a hippy and eats natural foods organically grown. Whatever.

But I’ve been going “fruity” over these granola bars. Ummmm, that doesn’t really work well describing food with food. It sounds corny. What I AM trying to say is I’ve been going crazy over these granola bars made with rolled oats, nuts, and fruit…not to mention agave nectar, which is, by the way, great for people who are diabetic! It doesn’t mess with your blood sugar levels like ordinary sugar or honey does. These bars are crunchy yet soft, too. I crushed them up and put them in vanilla yogurt for breakfast. HEAVEN! And I’ve been taking them to work to snack on, too.

These granola bars are also packed with protein…maybe I should call them a protein bar instead?

Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Yields: 12-15 bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup almonds, sliced
  • 1 cup coconut, shredded
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom (if you don’t have cardamom, you can substitute with an additional 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup agave nectar (agave nectar is diabetic friendly, however, you can also use honey in its place)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with parchment paper
  2. On a cookie sheet, mix together the oatmeal, almonds, and coconut and spread across the pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned stirring intermittently. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Reduce oven to 300F.
  3. Add the wheat germ, cinnamon, cardamom, dates, apricots, and cranberries to the oatmeal mixture and toss together.
  4. In a small saucepan on medium heat, mix together the butter, agave nectar, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from stove and pour over the oatmeal mixture. Mix well until completely coated.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Using wet hands, evenly press down the mixture in the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 2-3 hours. Cut into 12 rectangles or 15 squares.
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 12-15 bars
Ingredients
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup almonds, sliced
  • 1 cup coconut, shredded
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom (if you don't have cardamom, you can substitute with an additional 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup agave nectar (agave nectar is diabetic friendly, however, you can also use honey in its place)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with parchment paper
  2. On a cookie sheet, mix together the oatmeal, almonds, and coconut and spread across the pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned stirring intermittently. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Reduce oven to 300F.
  3. Add the wheat germ, cinnamon, cardamom, dates, apricots, and cranberries to the oatmeal mixture and toss together.
  4. In a small saucepan on medium heat, mix together the butter, agave nectar, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from stove and pour over the oatmeal mixture. Mix well until completely coated.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Using wet hands, evenly press down the mixture in the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 2-3 hours. Cut into 12 rectangles or 15 squares.
About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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