I really love granola bars - I know what my sisters are thinking right now......."yeah b/c you are a granola". ha. Anywho, they are a quick grab, packed with good things and last a while. However, I haven't found very many that I like. They are either too sweet, too crumbly, etc.
So I searched the internet last week for a good homemade recipe. I was going on a backpacking trip and wanted to take a really tasty good bar with us.
BINGO! I found it. They turned out really well and you can mix up the recipe with whatever ingredients you like best. I thought I would share, just in case anyone out there wants to give it a go.
Homemade Granola Bars:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Gather your ingredients:
• 2 cups old fashioned oats
• 3/4 cup wheat germ
• 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
• 1 cup nuts*, crushed
• 2/3 cup brown sugar
• 1/2 cup honey
• 4 Tbsp butter
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
• approx. 8 oz. dried fruit
*Nuts. I used pecans, but any nuts will do, even peanuts.
Optional: Have a very eager little helper.
To crush your nuts, put them in a plastic bag and smash them with a heavy mallet, measuring cup, or sauce pan.
Then, mix the nuts, oats, wheat germ, and sunflower seeds in a baking dish with sides.
Toast them in the oven for 10-12 minutes, stirring every few minutes so that they don’t get burned.
Put the brown sugar, honey, butter, vanilla, and salt into a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
Mix everything REALLY WELL because you want to make sure the “glue” gets all over everything.
Spread out the mixture with a wooden spoon or spatula. Now fold over the sides of the waxed paper or add a sheet on top, and PRESS HARD all over the granola. You want to compact it together so that your bars won’t fall apart when you cut them.
Wait 2-3 hours or until the granola has totally cooled.
Then, open the waxed paper …
And carefully turn the granola onto a large cutting board, peeling away the rest of the paper.
Now, firmly pressing down with a big knife (not sawing), cut your granola into whatever size bars you’d like.
 I wrapped my bars individually so they would be an easy grab-and-go.