|Homemade apple-cinnamon-craisin granola bars|
I got the recipe from this site, but here's my slightly modified short version (there's a lot to read on that site before you finally get to the recipe). They're really quick and easy to make.
Makes about 12-18 bars, depending on how thick you want them and how you cut them. I make about 12 5"x1.5" bars about 1/2" thick.
- 1/2 stick butter (4 Tbsp.)
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cups plain granola
- 1 cup puffed grain(s) (such as rice, millet, or a blend) or cereal (such as Rice Krispies or Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs)
- 1/4 cup raisins/craisins and 1/4 cup chopped dehydrated apple slices with a few dashes of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup chopped dried cherries and 1/4 cup thinly sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup any small or chopped dried fruit and/or nuts (apricot, tropical fruit mix, walnuts, pecans, etc.)
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tsp. flax seeds
- Line a baking pan/sheet with parchment paper, wax paper, or freezer paper. (I use a 9"x13" baking sheet, but it only takes up about 2/3 or 3/4 of the sheet.)
- Heat butter, brown sugar, and honey in medium saucepan to a boil over medium heat, then lower heat to medium-low. Simmer until sugar is dissolved (about 2 min.).
- Remove from and turn off heat. Quickly fold in granola and puffed grains/cereal until evenly moistened, and, if using, fold in dried fruit, nuts, spices, etc.
- Spread into a baking pan/sheet and press down. Using a spatula or some other flat utensil will help, since it'll be hot.
- Optional: Sprinkle chocolate chips on top and gently press in.
- Let it sit to cool and harden (I usually wait about 30 min. to an hour or so), then cut into desired size bars/pieces. To store, I wrap them individually in fold-top sandwich bags, so it's easier for Ed to take them to work.