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Fruit Granola Bars

Fruit and Oatmeal Bars

I wasn’t in the popular group when I was in High School and in fact my HS years were painful and frustrating. It wasn’t that I didn’t try, I was just odd and lived in a town that didn’t understand odd. I remember my freshman English class as a defining moment where my desire to please was lost in a world where I would not be validated or understood. How can this possibly relate to food?

My High School English teacher, really a nasty bit of a person, in some disjointed attempt to create a lesson plan assigned a plan to explore Granola. Over the weekend I explored the subject matter, not understanding the relationship between Granola and English; I found articles at the library about Granola and its history, and concocted my plan. My mom took me to the market where we purchased the requisite ingredients to create Granola. Oats, nuts, dried fruit
and honey and seeds. I created my first Granola and it was delicious! I wrote a short essay on how I created my recipe for Granola and summarized the information I found at the library.

On Monday, I took my creation to school expecting validation and an incredible grade for my learn by doing approach to what was a delicious outcome. Granola and a how to essay on it’s making. What I received was mocking and contempt from this mean woman who said “I didn’t want you to actually make the stuff!” She placed my paper in the wire basket on her desk and the bag of Granola in the brown, metal waste can next to it.

It is amazing that I ever cooked again! But I did and I also learned from my experience how to source a recipe, find out about the history of a food and how to create a recipe to my preference. I also learned that I could make a really good Granola.

Fruit Granola Bars Recipe Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons Grapeseed Oil
  • 2 cups rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup mixed seeds such as Pumpkin, Sunflower, Poppy and Sesame
  • 3/4 cup raw favorite Nuts such as Walnut, Almond, Pecan, Pistachio
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Grape Molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups mixed Dried Fruit such as Raisins, Ginger, Figs Cherries, Apricots, Papaya, Pineapple and Cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of Butter

Method

Preheat oven 350° Fahrenheit
Line a 9 inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Spread oats and seeds onto a baking sheet and toast for 8 to 10 minutes. While oats and seeds are toasting combine grapeseed oil, butter, honey, brown sugar and grape molasses in saucepan and cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat.

Combine oats, seeds dry fruit and salt in large bowl, pour sugar mixture over oat mixture and mix well with wooden spoon. Press into the prepared pan with spatula.

Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool and remove from pan by turning onto a working surface or lifting with parchment paper. Cut into 1-1/2 by 3 bars and wrap.

These are seriously delicious, easy to make and will keep well for a few weeks if wrapped well.

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