Grandma Gatewood’s Walk – Evie Kirkwood taped Aug.22, 2019
Homemade Granola Bars
2 ½ c old fashioned oats
½ c chopped nuts
¼ c honey
¼ c unsalted butter
1/3 c brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla ¼ tsp kosher salt
¾ c total mix-ins (can do up to 3 items -¼ c each for example) Suggestions include chopped dried fruit, coconut flakes, chia or flax seeds, mini chocolate chips, etc.
Preheat oven t o 350. Line a 9-inc square baking pan with parchment or foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
Place the oats and nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes until lightly toasted. Remove mixture from oven and put in mixing bowl.
While the oats are toasting, add the honey, butter and brown sugar to a small saucepan. Cook over med heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt.
Pour butter mixture over oats and mix well. Turn into parchment lined pan, and press with a spatula or bottom of a glass sprayed with cooking spray. Chill for at least 2 hours before cutting.
Dried Fruit Leather
Puree fruit (see below for suggestions) in a food processor or blender. Sweeten pulp mixture with honey to taste, if needed. For added fiber, leave the skins on.
Spread mixture thinly on Teflon lined dehydrator racks – and dehydrate on 135 degrees. Drying time varies with moisture of fruit, but it can take 8 hours; more, if you are doing juicy fruits, or less if the fruits are drier, like apples.
1 cup chopped apple, ½ c fresh cranberries, dash of cinnamon
1 cup mashed banana and ½ cup chopped apple or peanut butter
1 ½ cup peaches, dash of cinnamon