Saturday, January 17, 2015

Homemade Granola Bars {Remixed}

Yesterday, I got my bake on and remixed a recipe from my archive for Homemade Granola Bars.




I basically followed the same recipe, only I had the brilliant idea to make this delicious granola in muffin tins. This is my new favorite way to make granola because it's perfectly portioned and there's no mess in trying to cut the bars. Just grab and go!




I love the taste of homemade granola. It really has ruined me because prepackage granola bars just can never live up. I love knowing what is going into my food and the quality is just so much better.




Homemade Granola Bars {Remixed}

Ingredients:

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 ounce unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 1/2 ounces chopped dried fruit (I used dried cranberries)
1/4 cup mini Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips - optional

Directions:

Butter your muffin pan and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, and wheat germ onto a half-sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.

Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees. Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, chocolate chips, and stir to combine. Spoon mixture out into the prepared muffin pan and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the muffin tins. Place in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Serve once cooled or save in an airtight container for up to a week.

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