Sweet n Salty: Granola Bars

Ok, had I known granola bars were this easy to make AND customize I’m pretty sure I would have been making them my whole life instead of purchasing the same ole’ tired granola bars I’ve been buying for years. I just love that I can add whatever my taste buds are craving at the time. Cranberries, m&m’s, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, O’ MY! The options are endless. Grab the kiddos because it’s a kid friendly recipe. It’s so much fun because they have the option of picking whatever ingredients they want.

My favorite granola bar I’ve made so far is what I call the Sweet n Salty GB with the secret ingredient being pretzel sticks. I had some laying around the house and thought, “hmmmm, I wonder how this would taste in my granola bar.” As you probably already figured out, they were a SUCCESS! I just love the combo of sweet and salty; easy peezy and delicious. Try your hand at these or create your own granola masterpiece.

Sweet n Salty Granola Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Serving Size: 8 bars

Ingredients


  • non-stick spray

  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats

  • 1/3 cup of honey

  • 1/3 cup of almond butter

  • 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips + 2 tablespoons more for sprinkling

  • 1/4 cup of pretzel sticks + 2 tablespoons more for sprinkling

  • 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds

  • 1/4 cup of cranberries

Instructions


  • Prep: lightly grease a large baking sheet with nonstick spray

  • Line an 8x8 pan with foil up the sides and lightly spray with nonstick spray

  • Preheat oven 350.

  • Place oats on lightly greased baking sheet and toast oats for 5 mins. Stir oats and toast them again for another 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  • In a small saucepan add honey and almond butter and let simmer until melted, stirring as needed. Once mixture is melted remove from heat and set aside.

  • Place toasted oats in a medium size bowl and pour honey mixture onto the oats, stirring to ensure all oats are coated and let sit for 5 minutes to cool.

  • After 5 minutes is up stir in the remaining ingredients.

  • In your foiled pan, place the mixture inside of it and press it into the pan firmly and as evenly as possible. If you saved some chocolate chips and pretzels for sprinkling you would add them now and then firmly press them into your granola mixture.

  • Cover the entire pan with foil or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to set.

  • After they have set in the fridge, remove the granola and cut evenly into bars. I usually get about 8 bars but it just depends on the size you want.

  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Inspired Taste.

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Christina

Christina is a wife and mother to three beautiful children. She holds a degree in culinary arts and is currently enrolled in Bible college to become that much more effective for the Kingdom. Her passions include working with teens, cooking, and all things avocado. She and her family currently reside in the country of Japan.

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