If you always find yourself in a rush in the mornings, you may also find yourself buying boxes of granola bars at the grocery store. This is a good option when you need to get something in your belly but don’t have the time to make a full meal. But did you know that you could have more nutritious and delicious granola bars if you make them yourself? Sure, it takes a bit more time and effort, but you might find that they’re worth it. Try out this chewy granola bar recipe for yourself.
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup whole almonds, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
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This simple recipe will come together in no time at all. First, heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread aluminum foil into an 8- or 9-inch pan and spray lightly with cooking spray.
Then you’ll add your oats and almonds to the baking sheet you just created. Bake for five minutes, give the mixture a stir, and bake it another few minutes until everything looks nicely toasted. Reserve this for later.
Next, combine your vanilla extract, butter, brown sugar, honey, and salt in a saucepan, and put it over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Pour this mixture into your mixture of oats, and then transfer all of this to your lined pan. Press the mixture into the pan, making sure you spread it out as evenly as possible.
Spread your chocolate chips out over the mixture and push them into the top. Put in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, and then you’ll be ready to cut your granola bars.
The granola bars will be good for about a week, so you can enjoy them every morning without even having to do any extra work. Sounds like a fun project for the weekend, doesn’t it?