Homemade Granola Bars
Adapted from: Inspired Taste
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup whole walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line bottom and sides of a 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil.
Add oats and walnuts to a small baking sheet then bake 5 minutes, stir and bake another 3 to 5 minutes until lightly toasted. Transfer to a large bowl.
Combine butter, honey, brown sugar and the salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until butter melts and the sugar completely dissolves.
Pour butter mixture in to bowl with toasted oats and walnuts. Mix well. Let cool about 5 minutes then add apricots, raisins, cinnamon, and and 1/4 cup of the white chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
Transfer oat mixture to lined pan then use a rubber spatula to firmly press the mixture into the pan. (Press hard here, this way the bars will stay together once cooled and cut).
Scatter remaining 2 tablespoons of white chocolate chips over pressed granola mixture then use a rubber spatula to gently press them into the top. Cover then refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Remove block of granola mixture from pan then peel away aluminum foil. Cut into 12 bars.