Thursday, April 11, 2013

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

3 cups rolled oats (long term storage)
1 cup pecans or almonds chopped (short term storage) preferably soaked & dried
1 cup coconut flakes or shredded (long term storage)
1/2 coconut palm sugar or evaporated cane juice (or sugar) (long term storage)
2/3 cup honey (long term storage)
2 Tablespoons butter (fresh or canned)
2 Teaspoons vanilla (short term storage)
1/2 teaspoon  sea salt (long term storage)
6 to 8 ounces of dried fruit, chocolate chips, seeds, or whatever you have on hand. (short term storage items)

  • Toast the oats, nuts, and coconut in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Melt the sugar, honey, butter, vanilla, and salt.  I use a candy thermometer to let me know when I reach the soft ball stage (225-235 F) because I like these chewy.  Let it go longer if you like them crunchy!
  • Mix the honey mixture with the toasted ingredients in a large bowl.  Be careful, this will be HOT!
  • Add in the remaining ingredients (dried fruit, chocolate, seeds, etc)
  • Press the hot mixture into a (greased or parchment lined) 9×13 dish.
  • Cool and cut while slightly warm.

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