½ cup butter, melted and cooled
¼ cup honey
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups oats (not instant)
½ cup shredded coconut (either sweetened or unsweetened)
¾ cups dried cranberries or blueberries
1/3 cup raisins
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup flour
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2/3 cup pecan halves
½ cup chocolate chips, optional



  1. Preheat over to 350ºF
  2. Melt the butter and allow it to cool slightly while you prepare the other ingredients
  3. Measure honey, maple syrup and vanilla into a bowl, and stir to combine
  4. Crack the egg over a small bowl
  5. Add the egg and butter to the syrup mixture
  6. Measure oats, coconut, dried berries, raisins, cinnamon, salt, flour, seeds, pecans and chocolate chips (if using) and pour into a large bowl.
  7. Use clean hands to mix together.
  8. Pour the syrup mixture over the oats mixture.
  9. Use clean hands or two spoons to mix the ingredients together and be sure that the oats are coated in the maple syrup mixture
  10. Line a 9” square baking pan with two sheets of parchment paper. Be sure you press the paper into the corners.
  11. Spoon the coated oat mixture into the baking pan and press flat, filling the entire pan.
  12. Bake on the lower rack of the over for 20-25 minutes, until the top is set and starts to turn golden brown.
  13. Remove from the oven and allow to come to room temp.
  14. Refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting into squares.
  15. Store in an airtight container.

By Michelle Stern – From the The Whole Family Cookbook: Celebrate the goodness of locally grown foods