I love making homemade granola but have never tried making granola bars. I decided to give them a whirl after seeing a recipe in my Taste of Home Oct/Nov issue. They aren’t complicated to make. The biggest challenge is just gathering all the fabulous ingredients. These bars are so soft and chewy. I loved the dried apples in them so much I think I’ll use more next time in place of the cranberries. Below is my adaptation of the recipe.
They are quite chewy, which makes it a little hard to get them out of the pan and into beautiful bars. I think if you cook them as long as you can with out over cooking them would help with this.
Homemade Chewy Cran-Apple Granola Bars
- 3-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 cup whole almonds, chopped
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2/3 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sunflower kernels
- 1/2 cup shaved sweetened coconut (regular coconut will do)
- 1/2 cup chopped dried apples
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Spray a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with cooking non-stick cooking spray. Add oats and almonds to the pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until toasted, stirring occasionally.
- In a large bowl, mix the egg, butter, honey and vanilla together. Then add the sunflower kernels, coconut, apples, cranberries, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir to coat.
- Then stir in oat mixture and press into a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan that has been coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 13-18 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.