Homemade Granola Bars

My husband, Tuan, is starting to be more active again and trying to hit the gym on a regular basis. I know I should be helping him watch his weight, and baking lots of super fattening goodies in the kitchen probably isn’t the best idea. But I do want him to still be able to snack on yummy baked goods. So I decided to make some granola bars for him; kill two birds with one stone, the granola bars would serve as a delicious and healthy snack!

Yields: 12 pieces
Baking Time: 30 minutes

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup sliced almonds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla; mix well working from the middle of the bowl outwards. Add in cranberries, chocolate chips and almonds and using your hands, mix well. Pour the mixture into the baking pan and pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.Bake for 30 minutes in the oven, until the bars begin to turn golden around the edges.

Cool on wire rack for about 30 minutes before cutting. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting because they will crumble. Cut into 12 equal rectangular pieces and allow to cool completely on the wire rack before serving. Store granola bars is airtight container for up to three days.

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