Recipe of the Week: Energy Granola Bars, by Mrs. Latimer


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds, unsalted
  • 3/4 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup raw wheat germ
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup chopped, dried fruit or fruit/small nut combination (cherries, blueberries, cranberries, apricots)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, and wheat germ on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  3. Place honey, brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and kosher salt in a medium sauce pan and put over medium heat.
  4. Stir continuously until boiling and all sugar has been dissolved.
  5. Add fruit mixture.
  6. Stir toasted oat mixture into honey/fruit mixture until thoroughly blended.
  7. Oil a 9×9 pan.
  8. Mash mixture into oiled pan until pressed firmly.
  9. Let cool completely and then cut into 16 bars and wrap individually in plastic wrap to store at room temperature for up to three weeks.

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