Homemade granola bars is another farmers’ market treat that I couldn’t make enough of. After selling these for a couple of weeks, I was stunned to see people putting in orders and purposefully making a trip to the market just to buy them.
What most people enjoy about my homemade granola bars is that their children love them.
They’re chewy and hold together really well.
By far, the peanut butter chocolate chip was our best seller but next to that was the dark chocolate, cherry with almond granola bar.
Once you see how incredibly easy these are to make I really can’t imagine you ever buying a boxed variety again. The taste far surpasses anything in a box and you’ll never have to worry about hidden ingredients in your granola bars again.
All you need to do is mix all your ingredients in a bowl.
Pat it down nice and hard in a baking sheet so that it’s about a half inch thick…
… and bake. Did I mention this was easy?
Most of my ingredients come from Trader Joes. Organic oats, dried cherries, raw slivered almonds, organic brown sugar (feel free to substitute rapadura), and my favorite organic dark chocolate bar…
I chop it up in my food processor where it makes tiny little pieces that coat the mixture giving the entire granola bar a dark and rich flavor.
One thing to note is that the organic brown sugar from Trader Joes has a rich molasses flavor to it which compliments the dark chocolate well. Unlike any other brown sugar I’ve tasted.
However, now that I can find rapadura at Whole Foods, I’ll be switching to that as it also has that dark earthy flavor I look for. That would make this baby completely naturally sweetened and taste divine.
This recipe makes twelve, 1 1/2" x 4" granola bars. Easy to make, homemade chewy, dark chocolate, cherry with almond granola bars.
- 1 2/3 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 Chocolate Bar, crushed in food processor
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup organic brown sugar
- Butter or oil an 8x8 baking pan.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
- Place the mixture onto the prepared baking pan and pat down firmly so that it's 1/2" thick. Tip* Since I use a large baking sheet, I scoot the mixture to one side and cover the exposing edge with a thin piece of foil to prevent it from getting hard in the oven.
- Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
- Allow to cool before cutting.
The coconut oil gives these bars a hint of coconut flavor. If you’d like more, feel free to add 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes.
Do you make your own granola bars? Feel free to share your favorite flavors in the comments below.
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