Homemade granola bars

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time40 mins
  • Serves12
  • DifficultyEasy
160g old-fashioned oatmeal
140g sliced almonds
93g shredded coconut, loosely packed
60g toasted wheatgerm
3 tbsp unsalted butter
230g honey
50g light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla essence
1/4 tsp salt
70g chopped pitted dates
70g chopped dried apricots
70g dried cranberries
1) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas mark 4. Butter an 20 by 27cm baking dish and line it with greaseproof paper.

2) Toss the oatmeal, almonds and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheatgerm. Reduce the oven temperature to 150C/Gas 3.

3) Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the dates, apricots, and cranberries and stir well.

4) Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe

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