Granola Fruit Bars
Need a break from store-bought granola bars? Making your own is easier than you might think. Give these delicious, healthy, easy-to-make granola fruit bars a try. They’re sure to become a favorite go-to snack for the whole family, adults and children alike!
On a specialized diet? This recipe works well for folks following a plant-based (vegetarian), vegan or dairy-free diet — and, of course, omnivores!
- 2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- ¾ cup flaked coconut
- ¾ cup wheat germ
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup soynut butter
- ¼ cup margarine
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dried cherries
- ½ cup roasted, salted soynuts
- On a baking sheet, combine oatmeal, almonds, coconut and wheat germ.
- Bake at 400 F for 5 minutes and stir; bake an additional 5–7 minutes until lightly browned.
- Place the mixture in a large mixing bowl.
- Add dried cherries and soy nuts to the oatmeal mixture.
- In a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, soynut butter, margarine, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
- Bring the mixture to a boil then simmer for 1 minute. Pour over oatmeal mixture, and stir to combine well.
- Place the mixture into a greased 11-by-8-inch baking dish lined with parchment paper; top with another parchment paper; and press down to compact evenly.
- Cool in refrigerator or let set for several hours; cut into 1-by-4-inch bars.