Chocolate Raisin Granola Bars 

Chocolate Raisin Granola Bars2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal1 cup sliced almonds3 tablespoons unsalted butter2/3 cup honey1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract1/4 teaspoon kosher salt1/2 cup toasted wheat germ1/2 cup raisins1/2 cup special dark chocolate chipsPreheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper buttering the parchment paper as well: set aside.Toss the oatmeal and almonds 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.Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute. Add the vanilla then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the wheat germ, raisins and chocolate chips: stir well.Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Using a spatula press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool completely then cut into squares.