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It's back to school and time to fill those lunch-boxes with chewy almond cranberry chocolate granola bars. They're healthy, vegan, and gluten-free! | aheadofthyme.com

Almond Cranberry Chocolate Granola Bars


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  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Snacks

Description

It’s back to school and time to fill those lunch-boxes with chewy almond cranberry chocolate granola bars. They’re healthy, vegan, and gluten-free!


Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine maple syrup, butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla and salt over medium-low heat. Cook and stir until smooth and until butter melts and sugar dissolves.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine oats and almonds. Pour liquid mixture over the oats and honey and stir to combine. Let the mixture cool for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add cranberries and chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
  5. Transfer mixture to a parchment-lined 9″ x 9″ casserole dish or baking tray and firmly press mixture into the pan using a spatula or the back of a glass. Make sure it is packed very tightly.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes (add more time for crunchier granola bars).
  7. Cool completely in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and cut into bars.

Notes

  • These granola bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week. They are also freezer-friendly!
  • For softer granola bars, store at room temperature.┬áTo keep them harder, store in the refrigerator.