Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Granola bar

My Granola Bar, inspired by Ina Garten !!! Wake up for a healthy breakfast as this does not have any butter or high fructose corn syrup :) Just the ingredients that are natural and healthy for you!  Rise and Shine!!!

Dry ingredients:
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup oat bran
½ cup ground flax seed
½ cup wheat bran
½ cup sliced almonds
½ cup sliced walnuts
1 cup shredded dry coconut (unsweetened)

Wet ingredients:
2 tbsp olive oil
½ cup honey
¼ cup brown sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt

1 ½ cups of mixed dry fruits (dates, raisins, apricots, apples, pineapples, papayas, cranberries, etc,.)

Preheat the oven to 350 F
Mix all the dry ingredients together and spread it on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until toasted/ lightly browned. Take the pan out once or twice in-between and mix the contents, to make sure they are evenly toasted and not burnt.
Transfer this mixture to a large mixing bowl.
Reduce the oven temperature to 300 F
Place all the wet ingredients in a small pan on stove-top and bring to a boil, over medium heat. Keep stirring and cook for a minute.
Pour this hot mixture over the dry mixture and stir well.
Add the dry fruit mixture to this and stir really well and make sure the mixture is well-mixed and evenly coated.
Transfer the mixture to the same pan lined with parchment paper.
Wet your fingers slightly and press the mixture evenly into the pan.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until light golden brown.
Cool for about 30 minutes and cut into pieces when slightly warm.
Cool the cut pieces for 2 hours and store in a air-tight container for 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for nearly 10 days. But, I am sure it will not last that long!

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