2 C Old-fashioned oatmeal
1 C Almonds
1 C Shredded coconut, loosely packed
1/2 C Toasted wheat germ
3 T Unsalted butter
2/3 C Honey
1/4 C Light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 1/2 t Vanilla extract
1/4 t kosher salt
1/2 C Pitted dates, chopped
1/2 C Apricots, dried chopped
1/2 C Cranberries
Preheat the oven to 350 °. Butter an 8 X 12" 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.
For more information: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/homemade-granola-bars-recipe/index.html
Perfect for families on the go, to send with your children to school and National Granola Bar Day.