Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Alton Brown's Granola Bars.

When my parents met us downtown for Second Sunday, my mom gave me a baggie of these granola bars she made. Once Cameron and I got into them later that day, we immediately devoured them.  They were so good! Naturally, I asked my mom for the recipe and she led me to Alton Brown. This man always has great recipes.

 Alton Brown's Granola Bars
Recipe found here

8 ounces old-fashioned rolled oats, approximately 2 cups
1 1/2 ounces raw sunflower seeds, approximately 1/2 cup
3 ounces sliced almonds, approximately 1 cup
1 1/2 ounces wheat germ, approximately 1/2 cup (apparently you can find this at the regular grocery store)
6 ounces honey, approximately 1/2 cup
1 3/4 ounces dark brown sugar, approximately 1/4 cup packed
1-ounce unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 1/2 ounces chopped dried fruit, any combination of apricots, cherries or blueberries (My mom used Craisins.)

Butter a 9 by 9-inch (or 9x13) glass baking dish and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Spread the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, and wheat germ onto a half-sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved. 

Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees F. Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine. 

Turn mixture out into the prepared baking dish and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the dish and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. 

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. 

Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.


  1. Yum, I have them with me at work today too!

  2. Mmm, I'm jealous. Alton Brown does have awesome recipes.

  3. Those look delicious! I need to give them a try!

  4. Yum! I definitely will have to give these a try! xx

  5. Homemade granola bars are so much better than the store bought ones. These look delish!

  6. I could eat an entire pan of these.