Granola Bars Made With Love!

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.

Granola Bars Made With Love!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!!!

Granola Bars Made WIth Love!This post is not about a recipe I created, it is about sharing my favorite granola bar recipe.  Once we have a favorite, why try to mess with happiness right?

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!

Granola Bars Made WIth Love!

Yields 12-16

Granola Bars Made With Love!

25 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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Ingredients

2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup sliced almonds (I used toasted pecans)
1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup honey
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries
(Instead of fruit - I used 1 1/2 cups of dark chocolate)

Instructions

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.

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  • Angie
    Homemade granola bars taste so much better than the store-bought! Thank you for sharing your favourite recipe, Terra. These look terrific!
    • Lauren O’Connor Nutri-Savvy
      Absolutely agree (homemade granola bars are much, much better) and Terra's bars look amazing! : )
  • Eileen @thejoyofcaking
    Nothing beats a homemade granola bar Terra - except one made with love :) Congrats to your friends and thanks for sharing a delicious recipe!
  • Hotly Spiced
    Congratulations to your friend. There's nothing more exciting than the birth of a new baby. I love the look of your bars and they are a lovely gift for a new mum xx
  • kitchenriffs
    New baby? Congrats to your friend! These granola bars are so nice -- what a terrific idea. Anything made with love is the best!
  • Lisa_Michele
    A new baby is always wonderful news. Congrats to your bestie! Of all the places to find me, one would never think Healthy Aperature lol It was awesome to submit there and so glad you found me because it was amazing seeing you again! xo. Now, these granola bars..WOW. I'm pinning these because 1) they look incredible and @) love the chocolate in them! I think you may have created the perfect granola bar!
  • These bars look utterly delicious! And congrats to your new mum friend :D Lovely! Cheers Choc Chip Uru http://gobakeyourself.com/
  • Susan Pridmore
    I love granola bars! Mine sometimes are a bit crumbly unless I keep them in the refrigerator. Do you have that problem at all?