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Homemade Granola Bars

These Homemade Granola Bars are a pantry staple. They’re loaded with almonds, dried cranberries, and mini chocolate chips. Kids love both making and eating these granola bars.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Chill Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 29 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: granola bars, healthy
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 206kcal
Cost: $4.37

Equipment

  • 9-inch square baking pan
  • baking sheet
  • small saucepan
  • Wooden mixing spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • large bowl
  • measuring cups

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup almonds chopped
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dried cranberries chopped
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

PREP OVEN AND PANS.

  • Move the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a few inches of overhang.
  • Lightly spray the parchment paper and the pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

TOAST OATS AND ALMONDS:

  • Add oats and almonds to the baking sheet, and shake into an even layer.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until toasted and lightly browned.
  • Remove the pan from the oven, pour the oats and almonds into a large bowl, and set them aside to cool.

MAKE GRANOLA BARS:

  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, add honey, butter, and brown sugar.
  • Cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and salt.
  • Pour the mixture over the oats and almonds and stir until combined.
  • Let the mixture cool for 5-10 minutes.
  • Stir in cranberries and chocolate chips until thoroughly combined.
  • Press the granola bar mixture into the prepared square baking dish.

CHILL:

  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

TO FINISH:

  • Remove the granola bars from the pan using the parchment paper overhang.
  • Cut into bars.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg