I had never made granola before so this was a double experiment. I love the granola bites and had to see how easy or hard they were to make. They proved to be a challenge, probably because I had never made any granola ever at all NADA…
I started with these ingredients…
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2/3 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup crushed almonds
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup honey
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 – 1 1/2 cup dried fruit (small pieces like raisins)
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Mix oats, wheat germ and almonds and spread over baking pan and lightly toast in oven. If you smell them they are probably done. Maybe over done. They may need to be tossed and toasted some more to make sure they are evenly toasted.
Mix the brown sugar, honey, butter, vanilla and salt in small sauce pan and melt, simmering for a few minutes.
Put the oat mixture into a large bowl, add the fruit (we used currants because I forgot my glasses at Whole Foods and thought I was getting raisins)
Then pour in the brown sugar mixture.
Stir some more.
This is the part I couldn’t get a good photo of, but take a melon baller, spray with vegetable spray and dip into the mixture. Make sure you really pack it hard. I just pressed the ball against the side of the bowl. Then put the ball ( it should fall out) onto a pan lined with foil and sprayed with vegetable spray.
You will be balling a lot. Just sayin’
Took two pans.
Next I baked them in the oven at 250 degrees for 1 1/2 hours and they burned a little. I would back it to maybe 225? 200? Or maybe my rack was too low. I only play a cook on the interwebz.
It’s just to get the sticky out. That was the tip from Heather, and it worked except for the burning part which is totally mybad. Let them cool for a few hours before you remove them from the pan.
Fun snacks! And so easy to make.