Cravings! Omg! Sometimes when you have one, you just can't help but to do whatever you can in your power, to satisfy it. I know you can relate. This past weekend I had a serious craving for some granola bars, but I wasn't leaving my house to go get it.
Don't judge me, we all get lazy sometimes :)
Looking in my pantry, I realized I had everything that needed to make yummy granola bars from scratch! The best part was, my son has never had a granola bar, so this was definitely a treat for my Jax. In the past, I've tried to give him the store bought brand; you know the ones with the chocolate chips? And he wasn't having it, he just would not eat them.
I figured I'd try to make some bars at home and maybe he would like them better.
I was super nervous to make these, as I have never made granola bars before. However, I've made my own granola at home, so I figured it couldn't be that hard.
Not to pat myself on the back, but these bars came out so good! Seriously, I was surprised and excited because the possibilities for this recipe are endless. Think of this recipe as a base! You can add anything you would like in these bars and they will come out super yummers every single time!
P.S. My son Jax asked me if the bars were cookies I told him no and he said “Eww! Yuck!” Then he actually tried some and loved them! He said “Momma, this taste good!” Yes, IM A Hit!
2 ½ cup of oats
¼ cup slivered almonds
¼ cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup honey
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Parchment Paper (Substitute: Non-stick spray)
8x8 Non-stick Baking dish
Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8x8 baking dish by lining it with parchment paper. You will use this pan to set your granola bars so that it is easy for you to take out and cut later.
Place the oats, cinnamon and almonds in a bowl and mix. Then take a non-stick baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. If you do not have parchment paper, just spray the pan with non-stick spray. Place the oat mixture on the pan and back for 10mins. After 5 minutes stir the granola and then place back in the oven to toast the rest of the way. Once the oats and almonds are toasted set aside to cool in a bowl.
While your oats and almonds are cooling place the butter, brown sugar, honey and vanilla in a small pot on about medium heat. Once the butter mixture is melted, add it to the toasted oats and almonds. At this point, you can add the dried cranberries.
Mix all of this together.
Dump your granola mixture into your 8x8 baking dish and press it down into the pan. Be sure to press the mixture down very firmly. You can use a spatula to help you here. Or you can take another piece of parchment paper and press down with your hands so that the mixture won’t stick to your hands. Place in the fridge for about 2 hours.
You then will remove and cut into bars! I wrapped each bar individually with plastic wrap and stored at room temp or you can keep them in the fridge if you would like.
These bars didn't even last a week in my house. I told you I was a hit! ;)