Chewy Granola Bar

Makes around 12 granola bars

3/4 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1/4 cup chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, or pecans)
2 tablespoons unsalted sunflower or pumpkin seeds (optional)
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup dried fruit of your choice (raisins, chopped dates, chopped apricots, cranberries, etc)

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch baking pan with foil that overhangs the pan on all sides by at least one inch. Lightly grease the foil.

2. Spread the oats, nuts, and seeds on a baking sheet and bake them for about 10 minutes, or until they are lightly toasted, stirring once or twice to insure even cooking.

3. Remove the pan from the oven and let the oat/nut mixture cool completely.

4. In a small bowl, combine the wheat germ, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon with a whisk until blended.

5. In a large mixing bowl, stir the oil and brown sugar with a whisk until smooth. Stir in the egg and vanilla.

6. Stir in the flour mixture just until combined, then stir in the oat mixture and dried fruit until well combined.

7. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly. Bake the bars until they are set, about 25 to 30 minutes.

8. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a wire rack until the granola bars have cooled completely.

9. Lift the slab of granola bars from the pan using the overhanging foil as handles and place on a cutting board. Cut into desired size squares/bars.