Monday, December 14, 2015

Cranberry & Chocolate Granola Bars

These Cranberry & Chocolate Granola bars are so easy to make and I like to think they are healthier than store bought bars. This recipe has a lot of ingredients but goes together quickly.

You can wrap individual bars in plastic wrap then keep them in the freezer. This batch didn't last long enough for that - the kids couldn't stop eating them!

Here is what you will need:

2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4  cup chia seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
3/4 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl mix together the oats, flax seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds and coconut flakes.
Melt the coconut oil and add to the bowl. Mix well. Pour the oat mixture into an 8x8 pan and bake for 8 - 10 minutes, stirring once.

In a small saucepan bring the honey, brown sugar and butter to a boil. Remove from heat and add the vanilla.

Once the oat mixture is done baking remove from the oven and put back in the mixing bowl. Clean the 8x8 pan then line it with parchment paper and set aside.

Pour the honey mixture over the oats then add the cranberries. You can add the chocolate now and it will melt into the mixture. If you want actual chocolate chips in your granola bars wait until the mixture has cooled for a few minutes before adding them - it's up to you!

Mix everything together then pour into the lined pan. Cover and put in the fridge. After 20 - 30 minutes they should be cooled enough to cut.