Many people make it a point to buy honey from local farms. Perhaps they have no idea that the honey that often comes in this old-fashioned bottle isn't pure honey. As the Honey Board will happily tell you, the label should read: "The only ingredient is honey."
I'll bet you're wondering what the Honey Board is. Sounds like something out of an English sitcom. Every ingredient and food source on earth has a group to promote it. This industry group offer loads of ways to use real honey, including these good-for-you granola bars.
Honey granola bars
3 cups low-fat granola
3/4 cup chopped dried mixed fruit (apricots, apples, cranberries, raisins)
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 egg whites, lightly beaten
1. Set the oven at 375 degrees. Have on hand a nonstick 8-inch square baking pan.
2. In a large bowl, mix the granola and dried fruit.
3. In a saucepan, heat the honey and oil until dissolved. Stir in the vanilla. Pour the mixture over the granola and stir to coat thoroughly. Stir in the egg whites.
4. Pack the mixture into the pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool and cut into squares. Adapted from National Honey Board
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