Monday, September 26, 2011

Crystallized Ginger and Apricot Granola Bars

It's not so much the method here that's different - it's the ingredients: I used my standard granola bar recipe - modified here, and added an amazing combination of ingredients which literally was inspired when I saw the crystallized ginger at Trader Joe's the last time I was there: ginger and apricots.

I mean, it sounds so right now that you think about, right? These are probably my all-time favorite bars - they hold together perfectly and the ginger punch mellows out when coupled with the apricot.

What You Need:

1 cup flour
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
pinch salt
1 egg
1/2 cup vegetable or grapeseed oil
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup finley chopped crystallized ginger
1 package apricots, chopped (about 6 oz)

What You Do:

Mix it all together - mixture should be a little sticky, and spread into a greased 9x13 Pyrex

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Let cool about 5 minutes and then cut into squares - lift them out of the Pyrex and let continue cooling on a wire rack.

Store in a cool place, wrapped tightly in aluminum foil. Take along with your lunch or as a healthy breakfast on the go!

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