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Chewy Granola Bars


Ingredients

Granola Bar Mix:

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 2 cups sweetened coconut

Granola Bars:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar (1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/3 cup almond butter or peanut butter (I prefer almond butter. PB definitely dominates.)
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup (or honey, just know that the honey might not provide as chewy a texture as you might like)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

  • 2 cups of the above mix (or use 1 cup of rolled oats + 1/2 cup slivered almonds + 1/2 cup sweetened coconut)
  • 3 tablespoons wheat germ (toasted or untoasted)
  • 3/4 or 1 teaspoon kosher salt (I use 1 teaspoon, but if you are sensitive to salt, perhaps start with 3/4)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews* (I used toasted and unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit**

* Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios — pick your favorite** In the photos, I used dried blueberries, which I thought I was going to love, but which I found to be a little too overpowering. I prefer dried cranberries and raisins, but imagine cherries, apricots, dates and figs would work nicely, too.


Instructions

For the mix:

  1. Combine all in a bowl. Place in a ziplock bag until ready to make the granola bars. (As noted above, this bag will yield 4 batches of granola bars.)

For the bars: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lay a piece of parchment paper over a 9×9-inch baking pan so that it will cover the bottom as well as the sides of the pan. Press the paper into the pan to line it. (If you can secure the parchment paper to the pan with clips, it will help when you are spreading the batter into the pan.)
  2. Melt the butter (if you haven’t already), then add it to a small mixing bowl along with the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and vanilla.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the granola bar mix (or the noted smaller quantities of oats, almonds and coconut) along with the wheat germ, salt, cashews and dried fruit. Toss with your hands to combine. UPDATE: I just made a batch this morning (7-17-2012), and this time I pulsed all of these dried ingredients (cashews and dried cranberries included) in the food processor. I like the texture of the baked bar when the ingredients have been pulsed briefly. It’s your call. You lose a bit of the chunky texture, so if you like that, maybe try one batch with the dry ingredients pulsed and another batch with them not pulsed. Also, you don’t want to purée the ingredients so that they start clumping together. The nuts and dried berries should still be in coarse pieces. (See photo below.)
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until nicely combined. Spread into prepared pan and flatten. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top. (The longer you bake it, the firmer the final bar will be. It might take a batch or two for you to realize what texture you prefer.) Remove from oven and let cool on rack for 25 minutes. Pull up on the parchment paper and remove the block from the pan. Lay it on a cutting board and cut the bar into pieces. Let cool completely before storing.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes