Let’s talk snacks. I first made these cranberry chocolate chip granola bars when my husband went on a camping trip with a friend a couple of months ago (side note: what is it about freezing and crapping in the woods that’s so appealing to men? Personally, I’m a fan of indoor plumbing and heat, but that’s just me). They were taking MREs, but I still wanted him to have something filling and nutritious that I knew he would eat. I found this recipe on Pinterest and they were super easy and delicious, so I filed them away for future use. When Little Man started school, I knew they would be perfect for a school snack!
I’m a big snacker, and I’m always on the hunt for recipes that will satisfy my sweet tooth, but won’t totally wipe out my workout.
These cranberry chocolate chip granola bars are household favorites and I’ve played with the recipe a bit by adding shredded coconut, different dried fruits, etc. Hayden is a BIG granola bar fan, so I’ve had plenty of opportunities to make these and mix it up.
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
- 2 ½ Cups Old-Fashioned Oats
- ½ Cup Chopped Almonds I chopped them up really fine since they were for my little guy
- ⅓ Cup Honey
- ¼ Cup Unsalted Butter cut into pieces
- ¼ Cup Light Brown Sugar packed
- ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
- ¼ tsp Kosher Salt
- ½ Cup Chopped Dried Cranberries
- ¼ Cup Mini Chocolate Chips plus 2 Tbl
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 or 9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
- On a separate baking sheet, add oats and almonds (I also sprinkled cinnamon on it. I have no idea how much I used, so just go with your gut). Bake for 5 minutes, stir, and then bake for an additional 5 minutes.
- Pour toasted oats into a large bowl and set aside.
- In a small pot, add butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
- Pour melted butter mixture over the toasted oats and almonds and stir to combine. Let it sit for about five minutes to cool.
- Add cranberries and ¼ cup of chocolate chips and stir to combine.
- Pour the granola into your lined baking sheet and press the mixture firmly into the pan. Make sure the mixture is really pressed in so the bars will stay together once you cut them.
- Add the remaining chocolate chips and gently press into the top of the mixture.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.
- Then pull the bars out of the pan, remove the foil, and cut to your desired size. I cut into smaller bars so it was more manageable for him at school.
Easy peasy! The original recipe said they are good for about a week. I’m not sure what happens after that, because these granola bars haven’t lasted that long in my house. Enjoy and let me know what you think! Do you have any favorite variations in your granola bars? I’d love some new suggestions on ways to make these even tastier.
If you are looking for another healthy snack idea, these Peanut Butter, Honey & Banana muffins are FABULOUS! You can also check out this delicious Dessert Hummus post. It has four variations of the same recipe and it will definitely be a crowd pleaser.