These almond cranberry chocolate chip granola bars are chewy and delicious, contain real dried fruit, and made healthier with less processed sugar.
- 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 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325 F.
- In a medium saucepan, combine maple syrup, butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Heat over medium-low heat until butter melts and sugar dissolves, stirring until smooth.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine oats and almonds. Pour the warm liquid mixture over the oats and stir to combine. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes. This will prevent the chocolate from melting when mixed. If you do not have patience to let the mixture cool, you can add it but be mindful that the chocolate chips will melt into the mixture (still tasting delicious!)
- Fold in cranberries and chocolate chips.
- Transfer the mixture to a parchment-lined 9-inch square casserole dish or baking pan. Firmly press the mixture into the pan using a spatula or the back of a glass. You want to make sure that it is packed very tightly.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes (or add more time for crunchier granola bars).
- Cool completely in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Then, cut into bars and serve.
How to store: These homemade granola bars will keep for one week at room temperature when stored in an airtight container. Stack them up in between layers or parchment paper or individually wrap them in plastic cling wrap first to keep the bars from sticking together. For softer granola bars, store at room temperature. To keep them harder, store in the refrigerator.
How to freeze: You can keep chocolate chip granola bars on hand for months if you individually wrap them in wax paper or parchment paper and freeze them in a sealed freezer bag for 2-3 months. Make sure you cut and wrap them first as they’re nearly impossible to cut after freezing.
Try different shapes: You aren’t restricted to cutting these into bars. Get little ones even more excited for snack times by using cookie cutters to make different shapes (just try to stick to a similar serving size). Crumble the scraps into a chunky granola for topping parfaits, yogurt bowls, and smoothies!
Warm them up: Chocolate chip cookies are almost always better after they’ve been warmed, and you can create a similar experience with these chocolate chip granola bars. Heat them up in the microwave on high for ten-second bursts until the chocolate becomes melty and it’s heated to your liking, about 3-5 rounds.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Snacks
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
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