One of the things that is difficult about living on a tropical island, is that stores only have shipments come in once a week. In addition, they don’t always get all the items they order. Sometimes the supply boats are delayed due to bad weather. What this means for me, is that I can’t plan a menu, go to the store and find all the ingredients. What I do instead is go to the store, see what they have, and devise a menu based on what is available. I’ve been making baked goods for my husband to take to work everyday for his coffee break. This week, I had no eggs to bake muffins. So instead I decided to make him granola bars.
I’ve tried a few granola bar recipes. This one was by far the best! Better than any store bought granola bars I have ever tasted. So good in fact, my husband had some competition for them (I haven’t been able to leave them alone). I adapted this recipe from one I found at For the Love of Cooking.
: Homemade Granola Bars-Salty and Sweet
: You’ve got to try these granola bars! They are, hands down, the best granola bars I have ever eaten! Toasted oats, sweet raisins and apricots, salty peanuts and sunflower seeds. They’re so good you’ll forget they’re good for you!
- 1-1/2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats, toasted
- 1/4 Cup shredded coconut, toasted
- 1/2 Cup salted dry roasted peanuts
- 1/2 cup salted sunflower seeds
- 3/4 Cup raisins
- 1/4 Cup dried apricots, diced
- 1/4 Cup raw almonds
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 2/3 Cup honey
- 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Spread oats on a baking sheet and toast in oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Toast coconut for 5 minutes turning once halfway through cooking time.
- Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and boil for 30 seconds.
- Place remaining ingredients in bowl of stand mixer. Add toasted oats and coconut. Add butter mixture.
- Mix on slow speed until butter mixture is evenly distributed.
- Coat an 11×13 baking dish with cooking spray
- Add mixture to baking dish.
- Using a measuring cup sprayed with cooking spray press the mixture into the pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes
- Remove from oven. Let cool for 10 minutes. Slice into bars. Allow to cool another 10 to 20 minutes before removing from pan.
Preparation time: 20 minute(s)
Cooking time: 20 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 12
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