Henry County's Cooking with Garden Delights

By Susan Howington
Special to the Times

Susan prepares Honey Granola Bars on the latest Garden Delights. Special photo

In the newest episode of Garden Delights, Susan uses fresh, raw honey to make homemade granola bars. Frank introduces us to Richard Upchurch, a beekeeper who talks about the inner workings of a bee hive.

Tune in and check out these recipes and more!

Garden Delights airs on Henry Television channel 180 on Charter Cable and channel 99 on AT&T U-verse several times a week and is available on demand through the County’s website at henrycounty-ga.org.

Honey Granola Bars

1 cup packed dates
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 Tbsp. mini chocolate chips, optional

Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain. It should form a dough like consistency.

Toast oats in a 350º oven for 15 minutes or until slightly golden brown.

Place oats, chopped almonds and dates in a bowl.

Warm honey, peanut butter, and vanilla in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.

Once mixed, transfer to an 8x8 dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap so they lift out easily.

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of mini chocolate chips on top.

Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover with plastic wrap, and let sit in fridge or freezer for 15 - 20 minutes to harden.

Remove bars from pan and cut into 10 even bars. Store in airtight container for up to a few days.

Makes 10 bars.