Healthy Granola Bars-so easy and so good to eat!
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
3 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried and chopped mango
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.Toss the oatmeal, almonds, together on a sheet pan 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 oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
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 dates, apricots, cranberries and mango 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 before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature