I have made homemade granola bars in the past but have been quite unsuccessful with them actually sticking together.
But I have now discovered the secret!
The secret is that you have to bring the sugars (and a few other ingredients) to a boil and cook off some of the liquid. This concentrates the sugars and allows the ingredients to actually stick together.
Trail Mix Granola Bars
(Recipe inspired from here.)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup sunflower seed butter
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
2 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
1/2 cup dried fruit (I used cherries and raisins.)
1. Combine the honey, sunflower seed butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil on stovetop. Reduce heat, and simmer for 3 minutes; stirring occasionally.
2. In a bowl, combine the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, pumpking seeds, chia seeds, and dried fruit.
3. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture and stir until full incorporated.
4. Press into a pan and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
These are by far my favorite granola bars I have ever made! They are thick, chewy, and incredibly delicious!