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Oh So Chewy Granola Bars

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Oh So Chewy Granola Bars

These Oh So Chewy Granola Bars are a great after school snack, lunch box treat, or just enjoy one with a cup of coffee in the morning!  The recipe provides a great canvas for many different flavors.  So feel free to change it up and make them your own!

Oh So Chewy Granola Bars

Ingredients:

1/2 c. slivered Almonds
1/2 c. Walnuts
2 c. Old Fashioned Oats
1 c. shredded Cocunut
1/2 c. Flaxseed
1 Tblsp. Butter
2 Tblsp. Peanut Butter
2/3 c. Honey
2 Tblsp. Splenda Brown Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 c. chopped pitted Dates
1/2 c. chopped dried Apricots
1/2 c. chopped dried tart Cherries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Chop the almonds and walnuts.  If the pieces of nuts are too big the bars won’t hold together.

Combine nuts, oatmeal, and coconut and transfer to a baking sheet.

Bake mixture for 12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Stir at least once during baking.

Lower oven temp to 300.

Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and line with parchment extending ends over the long ends of the pan.  You’ll use these “handles” later to help remove the bars.

Use a spice grinder to grind the flaxseed and combine with the toasted oat mixture in a large bowl.  Set aside.

Bring the butter, peanut butter, honey, splenda brown sugar, vanilla and salt to a boil over medium heat.  Continue cooking for one minute, stirring constantly.  Pour over toasted mixture.

Stir until thoroughly moist.

Add dried fruits and stir well.

Press into prepared 9 x 13 pan.  This will be easier if you wet your hands.

Bake for 22 to 25 minutes until lightly browned.

Let cool in pan for 30 minutes.  Loosen edges and use parchment “handles” to remove from the pan.  Let cool an additional hour and before cutting into bars.

Enjoy!

NOTES: I’ve made these with dried cranberries instead of the cherries and have added mini chocolate chips.  The measurements above will remain the same when you “swap” ingredients but, if you choose to add an ingredient, such as the chocolate chips, increase the honey to 3/4 cup.  I’ve also tried adding the flaxseed to the oat and nut mixture before toasting.  Not sure if I’d do that again but, you might like it.

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