These Cranberry Granola Bars are packed with flavor and perfect for a quick breakfast or snack! With only 9 ingredients, this recipe is easy to make and can be customized to your liking. These soft homemade granola bars are delicious and easy to make. Get the kids in the kitchen and make this delicious snack bar idea!
Cranberry Homemade Granola Bars
I love granola bars. They are perfect for a grab and go snack for the kids. After having the Nothin but foods granola bars I was hooked! The normal granola bars you get at the store just wasn’t going to cut it for me anymore. I liked the thought of having a granola bar that was full of ingredients that are good for you. I thought I would put my cooking skills to the test and try my had at making granola bars myself. I did it!!
I made these AMAZING Cranberry Granola Bars that are made with REAL FOOD Ingredients! These cranberry granola bars are the best granola bars I have ever tried. They are ready in no time and it is a great recipe for the kids to help with.
If you love homemade snacks be sure to check out some more snack options including, apple pie granola, Pumpkin Pecan Granola or Chocolate Chip Cheerio Cereal Bars. All of the recipes are perfect for taking as a road trip snack or while we are on the go running errands.
Is a granola bar a healthy snack?
Cranberry granola bars are packed with fiber and whole grains. While there is sugar in this recipe, using honey is a better alternative than traditional white sugar or corn syrup like in store bought ones. With no artificial ingredients, these homemade granola bars are a healthy snack idea.
How do you get granola bars to stick together?
The honey and brown sugar combine together to make the glue in these granola bars. In order to make sure the bars stick together, you want to make sure you measure your ingredients. If you over measure the add ins, the flax seed or the oats, there won’t be enough of the wet ingredients to hold the oats together.
How Long Can You Keep Homemade Granola Bars?
When you make homemade granola bars, there isn’t all of those preservatives that boxed bars have. You will need to store the bars in an airtight container. Keep them at room temperature for about a week. After a week the bars will start to taste a little stale.
I recommend placing a piece of wax paper or parchment paper between the layers of the cranberry granola bars so that they do not stick together and are easy to take a bar out at a time.
Can you freeze granola bars?
Freezing granola bars is a great way to make sure that you always have them on hand. Wrap each granola bar with parchment paper and then place them all in an airtight container or in a freezer bag. The bars can be frozen for about 2 months.
When you are ready to use the frozen granola bars, take them out of the freezer and place them on the counter for about 30 minutes. Then they are ready to enjoy.
Are these no bake granola bars?
No, these are not no bake granola bars. These granola bars need to be baked for about 25 minutes. They are soft and chewy and baking them brings together the flavors as well as helps them stay together.
Can I use different nuts
I am using almonds because they work best in the recipes and my kids like the taste. However, you can swap the almonds with other nuts. If you need to make a swap because of allergies, you can also use seeds instead. You can add sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or chia seeds.
Cranberry Granola Bars Ingredients
- old fashion oats
- sliced almonds
- ground flax seeds
- brown sugar
- vanilla extract
- kosher salt
- dried cranberries
Cranberry Granola Bars Directions
Grease two 9-by-5-Inch Loaf Pans with butter. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the oats, almonds and flax seeds on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
In a medium sauce pan combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt over medium heat until the brown sugar completely dissolved.
Once the oats come out of the oven stir them into the honey mixture along with the cranberries.
Divide the mixture into the two pans and press the mixture down.
Place them in the oven to bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
Cut into 1 to 1 1 /2 inch slices and store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Easy Snack Recipes
Cranberry Granola Bars
- Grease two 9-by-5-Inch Loaf Pans with butter. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Place the oats, almonds and flax seeds on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
- In a medium sauce pan combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt over medium heat until the brown sugar completely dissolved.
- Once the oats come out of the oven stir them into the honey mixture along with the cranberries. Divide the mixture into the two pans and press the mixture down.
- Place them in the oven to bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- Cut into 1.5 inch wide slices and store in an airtight container for up to a week.
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