I sent out a warning a couple of weeks back about my obsession with granola bar making. Here is another one to make you longing for snack time. These cherry chocolate oat granola bars are insanely good. I should also add that they are in the lead for my husband’s favorite homemade granola bar. I have to agree.
Here are my top 3 reasons why I really like this one:
- They are filling. I used a little coconut oil to firm them up a bit, but the extra fat is great for keeping me fuller and not craving more.
- I can switch out the fruit and nuts. Pistachios anyone? How about apricots and pecans? The almond butter flavor is so neutral, you can’t go wrong with switching out flavors.
- They are a one bowl recipe. I know a lot of my granola bar recipes involved whirling dates around a food processor. These are gadget free.
So, there are my reasons why this one is a total winner. These are baked and they do take time to cool, but if you have a moment, they are totally worth the effort.
I keep mine in the fridge in a clear container within eyes of my kids. I would rather have them eat these than a packaged bar. The calories are about the same, but none of the added preservatives that a packaged bar will give you.
They will give you a solid 8 bars or 9 squares, whatever you prefer. Use a sharp knife to cut them and they will last 3 days on the counter or 7 days in the fridge. Probably longer, but I’ve never had them last that long. I like to take these along with me or pack them in school lunches.
So, what do you get nutritionally? Whole grains from the oats. It can be really tough to get kids and adults, for that matter, to eat enough whole grains throughout the day, so you are getting that. You also get fiber and b vitamins with your whole grains. The almond butter will also give you some fiber if you grind it fresh, but you also get healthy fats from the almonds and almond butter. The cranberries, chocolate, and honey do definitely contribute to your sugar intake for the day, but sometimes we need a little sweetness. The flaxseed meal is going to give you fiber, poly and monounsaturated fats, and a tiny bit of iron.
What don’t you get? Preservatives and weird chemicals. Control your ingredients and control what you put in your body.
Make up a batch over the weekend and they’ll last all week!
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- ⅓ cup natural almond butter
- ⅓ cup dried cherries or dried cranberries
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup flaxseed meal
- ¼ cup almond slivers
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Mix all ingredients together
- Line a 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper
- Pour mixture into baking dish and flatten it out evenly
- Bake for 15 minutes
- Cool completely before cutting into rectangle bars or squares
- Store at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for 7 days