Pineapple Macadamia Nut Granola Bars

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup coconut flakes
¾ cup dried pineapple, medium chopped
1 cup macadamia nuts, crushed
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 200ºC.

Spread the oats and coconut out on a baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, stir, then bake an additional 5 minutes (watch the mixture as it toasts and stir an additional time if necessary to prevent burning).

Remove the toasted oats and coconut and transfer to a large bowl.

Add the dried pineapple and macadamia nuts to the bowl. Set the mixture aside.

Line a glass baking dish with wax paper, then coat the wax paper with a thin layer of cooking spray.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, honey / maple syrup, butter, pure vanilla extract and salt. Heat until ingredients are melted together.

Pour the hot liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly coated.

Press the mixture firmly into the baking dish.

Let the granola mixture dry and harden for 2 to 3 hours.

Remove the dried granola whole from the baking dish. Cut it in half length-wise, then cut each rectangular half into six bars.