Granola bars

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

With all the products on the shelves I know most people just buy it and go on but I really like making things myself. I know what’s in them. I know how old they are. It’s just so good.

What you’ll need:

2 ½ c old fashioned oatmeal
1 c shredded coconut
½ c raw sunflower seeds without the shells
¼ c sesame seeds
½ c wheat germ
½ c slivered almonds
4 Tbl butter
¼ c dark brown sugar
½ c honey
1 c raisins
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. On a cookie sheet, mix together the oatmeal, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, wheat germ and almonds and spread out evenly on the pan. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the butter, sugar and honey over low heat, stirring often. Leave to simmer while the oat mixture finishes baking. When the oats are done, remove from oven and mix in the raisins. Do not turn oven off. Remove honey mixture from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over oat mixture and mix until all the ingredients are coated in the honey mixture. Using buttered hands, press the mixture into a heavily buttered 8 x 8 pan. Return to oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Invert the pan to remove the granola. Slice into squares. Makes about 16 bars.

Cost:
oatmeal - $1.59
shredded coconut - $2.25/bag
sunflower seeds - $1.00/bag
wheat germ - $1.99/jar
sesame seeds - $1.29
almonds- $2.00
butter - $1.75/pound
brown sugar - $1.89/ 2 pound bag
honey - $1.12
raisins - $1.12/box
vanilla - $2.25
Total - $7.99/approximately $0.50 per bar

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