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The weeks leading up to Spring Break seem to be filled with more questions about “what snacks should I buy, make pack, forbid, etc.”. And the families I work with, know that we don’t forbid any food, but just try to make most of our choices healthy ones! But let’s face it- making homemade snacks is often a healthier choice, however, not always a realistic one. UNTIL this granola bar recipe showed up!
This recipe is as simple as toasting some nuts and grains in the oven, mixing in a couple liquid ingredients and spreading in a dish until they harden (which does take about 24 hours).
This recipe can also easily be adapted with your favorite ingredients! Swap out a different dried fruit or nut to make it your own. I think dried apples and sunflower would be great additions/substitutions!
Whether you’re staying local this Spring Break or hopping on a plane, these granola bars are the perfect snack companion.
By now you may be wondering what those little circular specks are. This recipe uses quinoa which is a fun way to give it a slightly crunchy texture (while still being a chewy granola bar) and give it a little protein also!
Cranberry Oat Granola Bars
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup quinoa, uncooked
- 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup Truvía® Nectar
- 3 Tbsp organic coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F with a rack in the center position. Line a 6 1⁄2” x 10” pan (standard small rectangular glass Pyrex dish works well) with aluminum foil or parchment paper. You do not need to grease the paper. Set the pan aside.
- Spread the oats, quinoa and almonds onto a sheet pan and toast in the oven for 10 minutes, until the nuts are golden brown and fragrant. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- Place coconut oil in a large glass bowl and heat for 30-45 seconds until oil is melted. Stir in the Nectar, vanilla and salt.
- Pour all of the contents from the sheet pan and the cranberries into the glass bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.
- Spread the mixture into the prepared pan using a rubber spatula. Use the spatula to press the mixture firmly and evenly in the pan. Allow the bars to cool for 4 to 5 hours.
- After 4 to 5 hours the bars will still be soft enough to cut. Cut the mixture into 4 long strips length wise, and 3 even strips width wise. Allow the bars to firm up in the pan, uncovered for 24 hours.
- After 24 hours, remove the bars from the pan. If the bottoms of the bars are not completely dry, place them on a piece of parchment for 1 hour, bottom sides up, before individually wrapping.
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