Recently I came to the conclusion that the granola bar I haphazardly threw in my lunch each day meant a shiny silver wrapper stuck in some land fill each day as well. I figured it would be pretty simple to make my own and it turns out it is! I’ve found a great recipe that I like to use as my base and just modify it when I want to change the flavor. I recently attempted to add blueberries and inside and a light drizzle of peanut butter over the top. Yum! The following is the base recipe that I always work off of including all its original ingredients.
2 cups oats
3/4 cup wheat germ
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup peanuts, crushed
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
4 Tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
approximately 8 oz. dried fruit
Mix the peanuts, 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.
Prepare a glass baking dish (about 11 x 13 inches) for your granola by lining it with waxed paper lightly sprayed with a nonstick spray.
Put the brown sugar, honey, butter, vanilla, and salt into a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
Mix everything together in a large bowl.
Dump your granola mixture into your prepared baking dish.
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 before removing from the dish and cutting into squares.