These delicious, gooey, mess of granola are easily worth the sticky layer of honey that cover most of the counters in my kitchen. I have never been a big Ina Garten fan, and I really can't watch more than 5 minutes of Barefoot Contessa, but these might just give her another chance.
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They are a little calorie dense for boot campers, but I love knowing exactly what goes into the food I'm eating. I would choose these bars over something with 20+ ingredients, and you can easily jazz them up with you're favorite ingredients. 
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Homemade Granola Bars
(Makes 16)
Adapted from Ina Garten











Ingredients
2 cups Old-Fashioned oatmeal
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup honey 
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1.5 cup chopped pitted dates
1.5 cup chopped dried apricots1.5 dried cranberries

Oven: 350 F          Prep Time: 45 minutes          Bake Time: 25-30 minutes       Cool Time: 2-3 hours

Toss the oatmeal, almonds, and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ.

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.

Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the dates, apricots, and cranberries and stir well.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.


NOTES
These bars are very gooey, this may have something to do with the reduced amount of honey and butter I used, but I'm not sure. I'll experiment with crispier granola bars soon. 

Wheat germ is not found in all grocery stores, but a small trek of 100 extra yards brought me to Fresh Market and easily found it. 


Nutritional Facts
Calories: 250 Total Fat: 13.6g Carbohydrates: 35.8g Fiber 4g Protein 4.6