Almond & Oat Granola Bars

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Almond & Oat Granola Bars | From My Sweet Heart

Let’s talk granola bars.

Crunchy or chewy?

I love all kinds, but for me, I prefer chewy. Granola bars are such a perfect, quick, compact, portable snack .  And I eat them pretty regularly.  There may be some decent store bought brands out there, but there is nothing like home made.  These are hands down, THE BEST, soft, chewy granola bars I have ever tasted!

So good, they were featured as a Delicious Link on theKitchn!

In fact, they are so easy to make, I’m inspired to develop other flavor combinations and make them on a weekly basis!

The problem is, once I’ve created something I love, it’s hard for me to change it up!  These are made with a flavorful combination of oats, almond meal, cranberries, apricots, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, dark chocolate chips, and wild berry honey.  But there is one more very special ingredient.

 

 

Almond & Oat Granola Bars | From My Sweet Heart

 

I was provided with free samples of Melt® Organic butter and asked to share my opinion.

 

 

Melt Organic Butter Review | From My Sweet Heart

 

The verdict?  I LOVE it! 

In terms of it’s behavior in baking, it performs very well!  When creaming it together with sugar, it was a dream!  It’s delicious as is, as a buttery spread.  For this granola bar recipe, I decided to use the Honey Melt® Organic.  And truthfully, I couldn’t keep my fingers out of this luscious stuff!

 

 

Melt Organic Butter Review | From My Sweet Heart

 

If you are a butter lover, but are looking for a healthier alternative, then this is a perfect product for you.  The healthy coconut oil and the honey flavor of this spread, just added to the sweetness and richness of these chewy granola bars.  And as I’m making these again, I will always use Melt®, which comes in original, honey and chocolate flavors.

Because my belief about baking is that your best result can only happen when you start with the very best ingredients.

 

Good grains, fruits, and nuts.

 

 

Almond & Oat Granola Bars | From My Sweet Heart

 

 

Organic butter.

 

 

Melt Organic Butter Review | From My Sweet Heart

 

So let’s get baking!

 

 

Almond & Oat Granola Bars | From My Sweet Heart

 

 

Yields:  1 dozen, sweet and chewy bars!

Level of Difficulty:  very easy

 

ALMOND & OAT GRANOLA BARS:

  • 1 2/3 cups of quick rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of almond meal
  • 1/2 of a teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon

*Fruits and Nuts, etc.  (Feel free to use what you like.  These are the exact amounts for this recipe.  I would not suggest using more than 10-11 ounces combined.  Keep the pieces small.  The larger the quantity and size, the more likely the bars won’t hold together well).

  • 2 ounces of sliced almonds
  • 2 ounces of pumpkin seeds
  • 2 ounces of dried apricots, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 ounces of dried cranberries
  • 2 ounces of shredded coconut (I used sweetened)
  • 1 ounce of mini dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup of almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 6 Tablespoons of Honey Melt® Organic, melted
  • 1/4 of wild berry honey
  • 2 Tablespoons of light corn syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon of water

Preheat your oven to 350°F.  Spray a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.  Line the pan with a rectangular piece of parchment, letting the paper overhang 2 sides to make it easy to lift out when they are done.  Spray the parchment with cooking spray as well.

Stir together all the dry ingredients:  the oats, brown sugar, almond meal, salt, cinnamon, fruits, nuts, coconut, and chocolate chips.  In a separate bowl, combine the melted Honey Melt® Organic, vanilla, honey, corn syrup and water.  Toss the wet and dry ingredients together, adding the almond butter.  Pat the mixture into your prepared pan, smoothing the top.  I used a piece of saran to help press the mixture into the pan.

The ingredients, before baked, were so good, I couldn’t resist munching on bits and pieces of them!

 

 

Almond & Oat Granola Bars | From My Sweet Heart

 

Bake for 30 minutes until the top takes on a golden color.  Cool completely on a rack.  I put these into the refrigerator for about an hour before cutting.  Use the sides of the parchment paper to remove the granola from the pan.  Slice in half, and then cut each half into 6 small bars.

If you want the granola bars to have smooth sides, then cut off the rough edges.  But don’t throw them out!  They are just as good!

 

 

Almond & Oat Granola Bars | From My Sweet Heart

 

 

It’s like brownies, you don’t usually cut off the edges, they are often the best part for some people.  But with these scrumptious granola bars, it gives you a great view of all the sweet and chewy goodness that is packed inside!

 

 

Almond & Oat Granola Bars | From My Sweet Heart

 

I suggest wrapping each one individually to help them maintain their form and keep them nice and chewy!

 

 

Almond & Oat Granola Bars | From My Sweet Heart

 

I received free samples of Melt® Organic in exchange for this review.  However all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

 

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Comments

  1. I’ve been looking for a granola bar recipe Anne! My children love granola bars but I am particular about organic and non GMO, so I make my own, or try to! I always have problem with them sticking together. These look fantastic and I’m going to give them a try soon. Thank you!!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Nazneen! I’m addicted to these and have to make another batch already! I’m looking forward to making your beautiful chicken and pomegranate patties soon, too! : )

  2. I’m a chewy granola bar lover. I have never made them though. How bad is that? I will make your recipe with utmost haste! :)

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Oh Maureen…I can’t tell you how many things other people make from scratch that I’ve yet to attempt! I hope you like these as much as I do. And I plan on making your beautiful New England Apple Crisp with haste as well! : )

  3. Wow…You are making me crave these beauties, Anne! I want these granola bars…Happy New Year!!!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Denise….and thanks for the perfect sunny side up egg tutorial. Hopefully I won’t be eating dry and crispy eggs anymore! : )

  4. I love it! My kids would go crazy for these bars! Hope you had wonderful holidays! Happy New Year, sweet Anne!!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Anna! And your chocolate chip cinnamon rolls are the most perfect I’ve ever seen! Can’t wait to try them! Happy New Year to you, too, dear friend! : )

  5. I love a chewy granola bar, and I really wish I could reach through the screen and grab one of these right now! I love your ingredients, I have never added pumpkin seeds, but I must try that now. And, I will be looking for Melt at my stores :)

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Kris! And I hope everyone heads over to your site to enter a chance to win some of those Almondina cookies! They look great! : )

  6. Can you believe I’ve never made granola bars? I think it’s because the packaged ones are SO awful. But these sound amazing, Anne! I’d love to keep a stash in my kitchen :)

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Liz! These would be perfect if I had a cup of coffee from your new Verismo coffee maker! What a great review! : )

  7. MMMMMMM…I love sweet and chewy granola bars! These look yummy! Thanks for the review of Melt Organic butter. I’ve never seen it, but I’m going to see if I can find.

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks MJ…and I’m going to try and step out of my cooking comfort zone this year….maybe starting with your red chili chicken tamales! They look beautiful! : )

  8. I love chewy granola bars too. These would make a great breakfast or snack!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Laura! And maybe my next batch will be made with your amazing honey hazelnut granola. That stuff looks scrumptious! : )

  9. These bars win recipe of the year – already! The look so tasty and healthy. And I love chewy!

  10. I like both crunchy and chewy, but if I had to choose one, it’d be chewy all the way. I’ve never made granola bars – I need to someday, and it’ll be this recipe. Really very nice – thanks.

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks so much John! And I’ve bookmarked your amazing Moroccan Chickpea soup! I’m planning on making it on the weekend! : )

  11. Chewy would be my choice too. Your granola bars look fantastic, Anne.

  12. I love chewy granola bars and have been meaning to make them since months. These look so good. I’d love to give them a try!

  13. Wow, Anne!! You’re not going to get these gorgeous granola bars out of any box. I can see all the richness and goodness in each bite. I must look out for this healthy butter… I love coconut oil. :) I think you have made some of the best looking granola bars I have ever seen… I would eat these for a treat anytime. :)

  14. Sold! This will be my first bake of the New Year. Wishing you a very Happy 2014, Anne.

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Hester and looking forward to all the beautiful and delicious things you will be making in the New Year! : )

  15. I love granola bars, especially chewy ones. The more goodies inside the better and you have packed these! Have you tried the Melt Organic in a cake yet?

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      I love loaded granola bars, too, Sandra! And I’ve not baked a cake with this luscious stuff yet, but I’ve baked cookies and it was such a dream to cream! : )

  16. There is so much goodness in these granola bars. I, too, prefer my bars chewy. That butter looks amazing; I’m going to have to get my hands on some. Pinned!

  17. These are as pretty as they are tasty looking Anne. Such a wonderful list of ingredients.

  18. Chewy granola bars are so much better – these sound wonderful, Anne!

  19. Just loving the Bars .. lovely bites :)

  20. They look so lovely, I’d surely love to test this recipe out. I’m kinda obsessed with granola bars these days and this recipe seems so manageable :)

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thank you Saloni! And I’m going to try your pickled onions…the color is just gorgeous! And I also spied a couple of beautiful cakes I’d like to try as well! : )

  21. Your bars look yummy!

    • Anne Boeckl says:

      Thanks Dee….and I look forward to seeing how beautifully your foyer is going to turn out! What a labor of love! : )

  22. Anne, I feel healthier just LOOKING at these little beauties, and the list of ingredients reads like a delicious dream! I had not heard of Melt Organic- can’t wait to try it! Thank you so much for bring these to Treasure Box Tuesday! ♥

  23. I can’t wait to try that honey melt! your bars look over the top, will make soon!

  24. Your granola bars look beautiful! I am going to look for Melt Organic.

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