3 tsp cardamom, grounded OR 1.5 tsp fresh ground cardamom
½ tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix oats, pistachios, almonds, brown rice crisp cereal and 1.5 tsp cardamom in a bowl and spread evenly on a cookie sheet
Roast for 10-12 minutes, until fragrant
Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool, return to mixing bowl
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan heat butter, brown sugar and honey until it just reaches a boil. Lower heat and watch closely. The honey mixture should thicken a bit. Remove from heat and let sit until cool and safe to handle
Add chocolate chips and apricot pieces to oat mixture.
Using a spatula, pour honey mixture over oat mixture and combine well until all pieces are coated.
Grease an 8×8 pan or cut parchment paper to fit and place in pan
Pour oat mixture in pan and pat down to make sure there are no air spaces in the granola mixture
Bake for 18-22 minutes
Remove from oven and let rest for a minimum of 2 hours. The granola bars will be very soft when removed from oven, but they will firm as they cool
*Chocolate may melt when you pour honey mixture to oats, if you want chocolate pieces to maintain shape, let the honey mixture cool until room temperature before adding to oat mixture