I apologize for the blurry phone picture, but we were running out the door to school in a monsoon type of rain and this is how Nathan came out of his room. Now we are home after a long day of soaking rains, and this is what we snaked on.
Homemade Granola Bars
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup of chopped nuts (I used Pecans)
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 T butter
1/4 t kosher salt
2 t vanilla extract
1/2 C mini chocolate chips
1/4 C dried fruit
Line a 9 by 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
Pre heat the oven to 300 F.
First toast the nuts, oats and wheat germ. You can do this on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or in a saute pan on top of the stove. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, salt and vanilla and cook over a low heat until the sugar and butter are melted.
Mix the sugar mixture with the toasted dry ingredients and cook slightly.
Fold in 1/4 C Mini Chocolate chips and/ or any dried fruit you like. I went all chocolate this time.
Press into pan and top with remaining chocolate chips. I used a second piece of parchment to flatten it but you could use a spoon also.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Cool completely and cut into bars.
Next time I am going to crush some pretzels and add them in too. Sweet and salty! Nathan says, "I like these so much I am going to need another one!"