There are so many different variations to granola bar recipes. The question is, how do you choose that perfect recipe? Most granola bar recipes have similar ingredients, with different ratios for each ingredient. This recipe was only altered slightly from my favorite recipe made by Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa. Chocolate Pecan Granola Bars are a family favorite in our house, and with my dear friends.
My best friend had her first baby a few weeks ago. Insert a “SQUEEEEEE” here! So a fun care package was sent to her, and her wonderful hubby, AND of course their little one! One of the things that my sweet friend loves……AND requests from the cafe, is my granola bars.
The granola bars have been made with fruit just like Ina shares in her recipe. However, what my friends, and hubby always ask for are the chocolate, peanut butter, and butterscotch variations!!!
So instead, this post is about sharing a favorite recipe with those you love. These granola bars were made with tons of love, and all for my dear friends.
Even with my diet changes, I still made these lovely bars. I did promise my friends and family I would still make them sugary treats after all!
25 minPrep Time
40 minCook Time
1 hr, 5 Total Time
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
Toss the oatmeal, almonds, and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ.
Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the dates, apricots, and cranberries and stir well.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.