1cupsliced almondsor chopped nuts of your choice, toasted if desired
½cupunsweetened shredded coconut
½cupwheat germ or ground flax seed
¼cuppacked brown sugar
2Tunsalted butterplus extra for pan
¾cupraisinsother dried fruits of your choice
Butter or spray with non-stick spray a 9 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Spread the oats, coconut, almonds, and wheat germ or ground flax seed onto a half-sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.
Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees F. Immediately add the oat mixture to the liquid mixture, add the dried fruit, and stir to combine. Turn 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. Remove from the oven and allow to cool about 15 minutes. Cut into squares and cool completely (this is so they’re easier to cut and remove from the pan before getting too hard). Store in an airtight container for up to a week.