April 20, 2016
Homemade granola chunks / bars
I have always been a huge fan of granola; granola bars, granola cereal, granola parfaits, etc. Unfortunately as my knowledge of processed foods, additives artificial flavoring and artificial food coloring increased my desire to buy granola products plummeted. Almost every ingredient I mentioned is found is most packaged granola products. 🙁
So for a long time we just went without any granola. But as I started searching for more real food options began to come across granola recipes. I have since tried several recipes and some are better than others but this recipe I have to say is DELICIOUS!
I made this week per the request of my 1st grader for her school lunch. I absolutely LOVE when my kiddos not only eat some of the new food I have introduced but start making requests!
Granola/ Granola Bars – makes 3lbs
Recipe Adapted from www.100daysofrealfood.com
- 3½ cups rolled oats (steel cut oats for bars)
- 1 cup raw sliced almonds
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
- ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon all spice
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Also need – parchment paper
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix the dry oats, almonds, cranberries, coconut, seeds and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
- Heat the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Once the butter melts stir in the vanilla and salt.
- Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.
- Spread mixture onto prepared pan in one even layer. Bake for 75 minutes.
- The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break into pieces (if making bars) or break it up into small chunks by pounding it in a zip lock bag (if making cereal). Store in air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
My kids prefer to make large granola chunks, perfect for their tiny fingers! 🙂
The great thing about this recipe is you can add in any ingredient you would like to try. We like the dried cranberries but you could use cashews, pecans, raisins etc.