My Favorite Granola Bars
My Favorite Granola Bars

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My Favorite Granola Bars. save recipe go to recipe. Why spend tons of money on packaged granola bars when you can make them on your own? Whether you use dried cherries, chocolate chips or other dried fruit in them, these granola bars are delicious and a ton of fun to prepare! So many of you have asked for an Aldi food finds and here it is!

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To begin with this particular recipe, we must first prepare a few ingredients. You can have my favorite granola bars using 11 ingredients and 8 steps. Here is how you cook that.

The ingredients needed to make My Favorite Granola Bars:
  1. Prepare 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  2. Take 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  3. Take 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  4. Make ready 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  5. Get 1/4 cup honey
  6. Get 1/4 cup brown sugar
  7. Get pinch salt
  8. Get 1/4 cup pepitas (also known as pumpkin seeds)
  9. Get 1/4 cup almonds, roughly chopped (could also used sliced)
  10. Prepare 1/4 cup craisins (or raisins or other dried fruit)
  11. Make ready 1/4 cup shredded coconut (could also use coconut chips or a mix)

Dip the cooled granola bars straight into the melted chocolate so that the top is plain and the bottom is chocolate-covered. Set on parchment until set, sticking in the fridge to hasten this along if necessary. It's fun to make granola bars. It's so fun, I made them on one of my recent Food Network episodes.

Instructions to make My Favorite Granola Bars:
  1. Optional first step : lay out the oats on a baking tray and bake at 350°F for 10 or so minutes, until everything is toasted and golden. Keep a close eye on them though, as the oats can burn quickly. Toasting the oats beforehand just adds a nice flavor to the finished bars, but this step isn't necessary.
  2. Line a 8x8"or a 9x9" pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the sides to easily lift the finished bars out and set aside.
  3. Toss the oats, rice cereal and ground flaxseed together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a medium saucepan, start heating your butter over medium heat. Once it begins to melt, whisk in the brown sugar, honey and pinch of salt. This will form a kind of sticky caramel sauce, which will be the glue that holds the bars together. Let this come to simmer, then remove from heat.
  5. Pour the sauce over the ingredients in the bowl and use a rubber spatula to mix it all in. Make sure everything is fully saturated. Then fold in the rest of the ingredients. If using chocolate chips as one of your ingredients, barely fold them in after everything else is fully mixed, that way they won't melt from the initial heat of the sauce.
  6. Pour this mix into the prepared baking pan and use either a spatula or another pan or your hands to press down on the granola mixture very firmly. Whatever you're using to press down the granola, spray it first with non-stick cooking spray. Its important to really pack it down hard or you'll end up with crumbly granola chunks instead of bars.
  7. Place the pan into the fridge for at least 2 hours. Then, remove the granola from the pan using the parchment paper. Use a large, sharp knife to cut it into bars (or squares).
  8. That's it! For grab and go convenience, you can individually wrap these using parchment paper and string or you can wrap them in plastic wrap. Store them for up to 1 week. They're a bit hard and crunchy straight out of the fridge, so I'd recommend letting them sit out at room temperature for a few minutes before eating.

It's fun to make granola bars. It's so fun, I made them on one of my recent Food Network episodes. This is one of those recipes that is perfect to make for food prep since these bars can be stored in the fridge all week. These wholesome cranberry-orange granola bars are a great healthy snack! I got the idea to make a cranberry orange version of my almond chocolate chip granola bars from Lilly, who commented on my cranberry orange granola recipe and asked how to turn the granola into granola bars.

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