My hunny has had many fond memories growing up about dried fruits & nuts… Hadley’s that is. On his recent trip to LA, he surprised me with some yummy dried cherries from Hadley’s. They were oh so sweet, tart, chewy, mmm…good. A while back I’d been looking for a homemade granola bar recipe & wanted to add these little gems into the mix. Here they are:

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The dry…

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The wet…

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baked to perfection…

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Granola Bars
adapted from Our Kitchen Sink

2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 cup whole raw almonds
1 t sea salt
1 t cinnamon
1 t vanilla
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup dried cherries

Preheat the oven to 325. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, line a square baking pan (8×8) with parchment paper that are long enough to leave an overhang. Combine the oats, coconut, seeds and nuts; spread out evenly on baking sheet and toast for about 15 minutes. Next combine honey, peanut butter, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and vanilla in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Transfer oat mixture to a large bowl and add the honey mixture and dried cherries. Spread the mixture in the prepared square pan, pressing the mixture into the pan and create a smooth, even surface. Bake the granola mixture for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack. Lift granola out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Using a large sharp knife, Cut the into bars. Store in an airtight container.

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Images: sammyw

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