Granola bars made at home is so much healthier than store brought ones. You can pretty much add what you like and making them is no effort at all.
Homemade Chewy Granola Bars
2 cups quick cooking oats
¾ cup wheat germ (optional –add oats instead)
1 cup chopped nuts (I used almonds)
½ cup sunflower seeds (or sesame, or more nuts)
1 cup dry fruits (mix of figs, cranberries, apricot)
5 tbsp brown sugar
4 tbsp butter
½ cup honey
1 tsp vanilla essence
Line a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil and grease lightly with oil.
Mix oats, nuts and wheat germ. Spread on a baking tray and toast in hot oven at 160 degree Celsius for approx. 10 minutes.
Keep stirring in between. Don’t let it burn.
In a large pan heat butter, brown sugar, honey and vanilla.
Let it reach full boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Take off fire.
Add the oats mixture and dry fruits to the pan and stir well making sure all dry is mixed with the honey mixture. (It will look like lumps)
Spread on the baking pan and press down with the spoon.
Take another piece of parchment paper in your hands and press the mixture firmly. (This is important or lese the bars will crumble while cutting).
Let it cool completely. Cut into bars and individually wrap in cling wrap or butter paper.
Store in the refrigerator.