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Sunflower-Cherry Granola Bars

 Sunflower-Cherry Granola Bars
Try these terrific granola bars from Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois. The chewy bars have plenty of oats and nuts, and the dried cherries add just the right amount of tang. —Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois
30 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels

Directions

  • Spread oats into an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, spread almonds and coconut into another ungreased 15-in.
  • x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly
  • toasted.
  • In a Dutch oven over medium heat, bring sugar and corn syrup to a
  • boil. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in peanut butter until combined. Add the
  • raisins, cherries, sunflower kernels, and toasted oats, almonds and
  • coconut.
  • Using a metal spatula, press mixture into an ungreased 15-in. x
  • 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Cool to room temperature. Cut into bars.
  • Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 208 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 76 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.