Granola Bars

2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed (I used unsweetened)
2/3 cup honey
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup dried fruit, or a mix of dried fruit (I used chopped cherries, cranberries and raisins)
1 TBS butter
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Butter an 8×13 inch baking dish.  Toss the oatmeal, pecans, and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F. 
While the mixture is still warm, stir in the honey, vanilla and buuter until the mixture is well coated, then the dried fruit. Pour the mixture into your prepared baking dish and press, press, press it in (wet fingers and/or a silicon spatula work great for this) until the mixture is packed as tightly as possible.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares — your best serrated knife is great for this.

Modified from The Smitten blog.