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Dried Fruit Granola Bars

Easy to make, soft and chewy Dried Fruit Granola Bars. This simple recipe is perfect as-is or can easily be adapted to include your favorite dried fruits and nuts.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Snack
Servings: 16 squares
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried figs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
  • Toss the olatmeal, almonds and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Stir halfway through the baking time.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  • Place the butter, honey and brown sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla and salt.
  • Pour the oatmeal, almonds and coconut into a large bowl.
  • Pour the melted butter/honey mixture over the oat mixture. Add the dates, figs, raisins and sunflower seeds and stir well.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown.
  • Cool for at least 2 hours before cutting into squares.
  • Place the cinnamon chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at medium for 45 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave at medium an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, just until chips are melted when stirred.
  • Using a knife or the back of a spoon, spread the melted cinnamon chips over each granola square. Place the squares onto parchment until set.