I have been making this recipe for years now, modifying it a little more every time I make it. Recently, I have been making it more and my best friend tried it and loved it. She wanted the recipe, so I thought I would share it with all of you too.
Chewy Granola Bars
Adapted from smittenkitchen
2 cups old fashion oats
1/3 cup raw sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder (like this one)
3 cups dried fruits and nuts
my favorite mix is almonds, pecans, cherries, cranberries, figs, dates, sunflower seeds, flax
seeds, and just a small amount of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon water
3 tablespoons almond butter
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Put a piece of parchment paper in a 13" x 9" pan perpendicular to the pan so it hangs over the two long sides. Grease this and the sides of the pan that remain uncovered with vegetable oil.
Blend 1/3 cup of the oats in a food processor until it is a rough flour. Stir together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. The oat flour will coat the fruits and keep them from sticking together in a lump. Pour the oil and water over the mixture and toss gently. Add the maple syrup and mix until the mixture is a consistent wetness. Stir in the almond butter. Turn the mixture into the oiled pan and make sure to press it down in the corners.
Bake in the 350°F oven 40 minutes or until the liquid is bubbly and the edges are browned. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack at least 10 minutes. Carefully lift the parchment out of the pan and place it on a cutting board, the granola should stay together more or less. Allow the granola to cool between 15 minutes and a half hour before cutting into bars. Enjoy!