Cranberry Granola Bars

IMG_0832I love Granola bars, they are my favorite snack. Especially the brand that rhymes with ‘schidden schalley’ but my love was getting costly, so I thought to try to make them from scratch. I looked up a few recipes online and most of them had ‘Almonds’ as part of the ingredients. That is a fact that I was already aware of, since I am allergic; I always ensure that the ones that I purchased didn’t have any. I found a recipe on the “Food Network’ website and tweaked it a bit. The original recipe can be found by clicking on Food Network link below:

So here is my version

Ingredients
·      2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup mixed nuts (chopped walnuts & Pecans)
·      1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed
·      1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
·      3 tablespoons unsalted butter
·      2/3 cup Agave
·      1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
·      1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
·      1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
·      1 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Slide1Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.  Toss the oatmeal, mixed nuts, 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.

IMG_0830Place the butter, agave, 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 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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