Granola Bars for the Boat — or the house!
Okay, this the perfect take-along for when the wife says to bring something healthy!
Or not, really, because they don’t taste healthy….they taste incredibly delicious – like a cross between a candy bar and what one might think a granola bar could be, or even should be, if it was having a really good day (instead of a more-is-typical graaanola bar type day – you know… a dry and tasteless type of day).
These are proof that granola bars don’t have to be boring, dry, and tasteless. These are what every granola bar worth it’s oats and bits of dried fruit should strive to be!
Once you eat these not only will you be putting something in your body that will fuel it strong while you continue to fire cast after cast, but you be will be twisting your taste buds and brain into believing that healthful food can be delicious.
These are proof. Yes, indeedy! Chewy and crunchy. Crunchy and chewy.
Mmmmm…..these are really good!
But don’t take my word for it….you’ve got to try these for yourself.
Butter a 9 x9 baking dish and set the oven to 350.
Spread the oats, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, almonds, and flax seed onto a sheet pan. Park the pan in the oven for about 15 minutes – stirring things around periodically. The goal here is to toast the ingredients, not burn them. So keep an eye on things.
Meanwhile: combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, extract and in a medium saucepan and place over med heat. Bring to a bubbly simmer and cook for 1 minute.
Remove the oat mixture from the oven when the time elapses and reduce the heat to 300. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring with a big wooden spoon or spatula. Sprinkle the dried fruit and salt in evenly as you stir.
Empty mixture into the prepped baking dish and press down evenly with back of spatula. Continue to work all around the top of the mixture with the top of spatula for a couple of minutes – being sure to really pack it together and into the pan pretty tightly.
Place in the oven for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Cut into desired sized pieces and store in a zip-lock bag or other air-tight container.
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup flax seed
1/2 cup raw honey (regular honey is fine)
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar (light brown sugar is fine)
1 3/4 tablespoons unsalted butter – plus extra for greasing baking dish
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or 1 teaspoon each of vanilla and almond extract for different taste)
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (kosher salt is fine too)
6.5 ounces of dried fruit (I like an assortment like blueberries, cherries, apricots, mangos or cranberries). You want to dice these up pretty small.