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Chewy Fruit Granola Bars

 Chewy Fruit Granola Bars
These homemade chewy granola bars are easily customized to taste with your own favorite fruits and nuts.—Taste of Home Cooking School
12 ServingsPre: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-2/3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup each dried cherries and cranberries
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower kernels
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine oats, sugar, oat flour, salt and cinnamon;
  • mix well. Stir in apricots, cherries, coconut, pecans and sunflower
  • kernels; set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk together honey, butter, corn syrup, vanilla
  • and water. Add the honey mixture to the fruit mixture; mix until
  • crumbly. Pat into a lightly greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake
  • at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown on the edges.
  • Cool in pan for 5 minutes.
  • While still warm, cut into bars. Remove bars to a wire rack to cook

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Chewy Fruit Granola Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • completely. Wrap bars individually in plastic wrap or store in an
  • airtight container with parchment paper separating layers. Yield: 12
  • servings.