Honey & Oats Granola Bar
Healthy and Delicious!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 Bars
2 1/2 cups (230 grams) old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup (80 grams) whole almonds, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup (113 grams) pure honey
1/4 cup (56 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/4 cup (50 grams) packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup (60 grams) dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (65 grams) mini chocolate chips
TOAST OATS AND NUTS
Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the bottom and sides of a 8-inch
or 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Add the oats and chopped almonds to a small baking sheet, and then bake
for 5 minutes, stir and then bake another 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly
toasted. Transfer to a large bowl.
Combine the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract and the salt in a
small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until butter
melts, the mixture is bubbling and the sugar completely dissolves.
Pour the butter mixture into the bowl with toasted oats and almonds. Mix
well. Let cool about 5 minutes, and then add the cranberries and a 1/4 cup of
the mini chocolate chips. Stir to combine. Some of the chocolate chips will
melt a little. This is fine, they turn into glue and help to hold the bars
Transfer the oat mixture to the prepared pan, and then use a rubber spatula
or damp finger tips to firmly press the mixture into the pan. Press hard here,
this way the bars will stay together once cooled and cut — We press for
about one minute to be extra safe.
Scatter the remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips over the pressed
granola mixture, and then use a rubber spatula to gently press them into the
top. Cover then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or freeze for about 30
minutes. Remove the block of granola mixture from pan then peel away the
foil or parchment. Cut into 12 bars.
Store granola bars in an airtight container for up to one week. For the softest
bars, keep at room temperature. For slightly harder bars, store in the fridge.
Bars will keep in the freezer for up to three months when wrapped well.