I've been looking for a better snack lately, one that's healthy, filling and full of flavor. I settled on granola bars but wanted to try my hand at making them because store bought are so expensive, not to mention full of preservatives. I decided to use peanut butter to make them more appealing to Steve, who's never been a fan of granola. They turned out great; chewy, nutty, sweet... super tasty. Steve and the kids love them, too which is a huge bonus. Actually, he's told me that I'm not allowed to make any other kind. Not that I'll listen, though. Heh.
2 cups old fashion oats
3 Tbsp chopped or sliced almonds
1/2 cup chopped, dried cranberries, cherries and blueberries
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbsp brown sugar
Heat the oven to 400F. Spread the oats and almonds in a thin layer on a baking sheet and toast until golden brown, about 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, Combine peanut butter, honey, and brown sugar in a saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring until fully melted.
Put dried fruit, coconut and toasted oats and almonds in a medium bowl. Pour the peanut butter mixture on top and stir until fully coated.
Press into a 9x9 pan lined with parchment paper or foil. Remove paper from pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
Once cooled, cut and wrap each bar in plastic wrap.
Makes 18 bars.