Hi y’all! I hope that today finds you having a good first day of May. We are having a rainy one here in Mississippi. But, what else is new? Also, bonus, I don’t have to water my garden.
I made my granola bars today, and y’all, I have an apology to make. There is a typo in that recipe. Nothing dire, but the recipe says to use 3 cups of dried fruit. Nope. So sorry, that should read “1 1/2 cups dried fruit”, instead. I’m about to fix the original, but I thought I’d put it here, too, just in case.
Also, I forgot to add the 1/4 cup sugar when I made my granola bars today. Fortuitous — because it absolutely does not need that extra sugar. So, I’m going to nix that from the original recipe.
You know what, I’ll just put the corrected one here, too.
3 T. coconut oil or butter
2/3 cup honey
1 t. cinnamon
a big of pinch salt
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup dried coconut (the natural, unsweetened variety)
1 cup chopped nuts of your choosing (pecans, almonds)
1 1/2 cups of dried fruit (Usually I do a golden raisin, dried cranberry combo)
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup oat bran or wheat germ
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the oats, coconut, and chopped nuts. Put them on a very large jellyroll pan and toast until they are fragrant and light golden brown. Meanwhile, in a 2 cup glass measuring cup, heat the coconut oil or butter, honey, cinnamon and salt in the microwave. The length of time in the microwave will vary — I usually do about 45 seconds or so. Watch it while it heats — the honey can bubble over if heated for too long. Now it is time to prepare your pan for the bars. I usually use an 8 x 11 glass pyrex dish. You can also do 9 X 9 if that’s all you have. Butter the dish and line it with parchment paper. Leave the edges of the paper poking out above the sides of the pan so that you can use the paper to lift the bars out when they are done. By now, the oats should be toasty. So, get them out of the oven and reduce the temperature to 300. Combine the oats/coconut/nuts with all the other ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until well mixed and then press into the prepared pan. Bake at 300 until done to your liking. This is a range, of course, but I’d say at least 25 minutes. I bake mine until they are a golden brown.
Now, this is the hard part; you have to wait at least 3 hours to cut them.