Erin's Granola Bars


2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 1/2 cups slivered almonds
1/2 cup coconut
2/3 cup honey
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries (I used chocolate chips)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place oats, wheat germ, almonds, and coconut on a cookie sheet. Roast 15 minutes, stirring very often. When finished, reduce oven temp to 300 degrees.  Combine honey, butter, vanilla, and salt in a large saucepan. On medium heat, stir until honey is very runny.  Add oat mixture, cranberries and sunflower seeds to honey mixture and stir well to combine.  (I omitted the cranberries and added the chocolate chips on top after putting the oat mixture in the 9x13 pan.)  Transfer to a lightly oiled 9x13 baking dish, pressing it down firm and even. Bake 20 minutes. Cut while slightly warm, but don't try to remove from pan until cool.