Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars are a healthy snack for in between meals. Rolled oats provide lots of fiber, vitamin E and selenium while the dried fruits contain important vitamins and antioxidants. Nuts are high in protein and give you energy throughout the day. Pumpkin seeds are one of the highest vegetarian sources of zinc, while sunflower seeds are packed with vitamin E, vitamin B1 and minerals. You may want to look for specific health effects of nuts, and fruits and change the recipe according to you personal health needs. this recipe is just a guideline…

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups (160g) of oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 Cup (250g) sliced almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds & pumpkin seeds
  • 5 Tablespoons (50g) of sesame seeds
  • 1/2 Cup (60g) toasted wheat germ
  • 3 Tablespoons (50g) unsalted butter
  • 2/3 Cup (230g) honey
  • 1/4 Cup (50g) light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup (75g) dried mulberries
  • 1/2 Cup (75g) chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 Cup (75g) dried raisins

I changed the measurements (italic) to obtain less sweet granola bars

  • 1/3 Cup (110g) honey
  • 1/4 Cup maple Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon (5g)brown sugar

Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F)Toss oatmeal and nuts together and place on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, occasionally stirring
  • Once lightly toasted mix with sesame seeds, wheat germ and dried fruits
  • Reduce oven temperature to 150°C (300°F)
  • In a pan melt butter, honey, sugar and salt, and bring to a simmer until the sugar has dissolved
  • Pour hot mixture over the dry ingredients and mix wellPlace some parchment paper (baking sheet) into an oven form and pour the mixture into the baking dish. Lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown
  • Let the granola bars cool for 2 – 3 hours before cutting them into squares

You may use any type of dried fruit and nuts I happened to have those at home…

 

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