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Cherry Almond Granola Bars

We were drawn to Hannah Queen’s blog, Honey and Jam, because of her stunning photography. We stayed—and keep going back—for her recipes. Hannah is a 21-year-old baker and photographer living in Georgia, and the photos on her blog not only illustrate the recipes but give us a window onto the incredibly beautiful Southern landscape where she lives. These granola bars are a must-make for a nutritious weekday afternoon snack: They’re packed with healthy ingredients such as oats, almonds and dried cherries (kids won’t even notice the wheat germ), and are delicious with a glass of milk at the kitchen counter or to grab-and-go before soccer practice.

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Ingredients

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

1 1/3 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 (or more) cups dried cherries

Directions

1. Butter a 9-by-9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Spread the oats, almonds, and wheat germ onto a half-sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.

4. Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees. Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine.

5. Turn the mixture out into the prepared baking dish and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the dish and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes.

6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Serves 9

Adapted from Alton Brown

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