Here is a really delicious granola bar recipe. They are really easy to make and they don't have that dreaded corn syrup in them. You can mix the fruit up any way you like...I put double apricots, some flavored craisins or plain craisins, golden raisins or plain raisins. I haven't tried them with dates yet.
2 c. old fashioned oatmeal
1 c. sliced almonds
1 c. shredded coconut, loosely packed
1/2 c. toasted wheat germ
3 tbsp unsalted butter
2/3 c. honey
1/4 c. light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 c. chopped pitted dates
1/2 c. chopped dried apricots
1/2 c. dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x13 pan and line it with parchment paper (if you don't, it will be harder to get the bars out.
Toss the oatmeal, almonds and coconut together on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ.
Reduce the over to 300 degrees.
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 fruits and stir well.
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. It's easiest to dump the whole pan out onto a cutting board when you are ready to make them into granola "bars". Then simply place them in individual snack size baggies. Or wrap in saran wrap. Serve at room temperature. MMM!