CHEWY GRANOLA BARS WITH COCONUT AND CRANBERRY (GF) (V)

 

January 21, 2016

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With the snow brings more things to do (winterless climates excepted); it takes longer to leave the front door (boots, hat, scarf and coat), you have to brush the snow off your car, then there’s traffic getting to where you’re going. Who has time for a slow eating? You'll want something chewy, earthy and downright fast, something for your pocket, something for your workout bag, something that will still be delicious if it freezes in the door of your car. These Chewy Granola Bars with Coconut and Cranberries meet the daily challenge of being both nutritious and satisfying. Stand aside Hungry Monster, this Granola Bar is here to stay.

I want to thank Crosby's Molasses for this recipe. I adapted it slightly, but the original ingredient list can be found on the Crosby's site.

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Makes 16 squares

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MIS-EN-PLACE THE GRANOLA BARS

Molasses and peanut butter measured and ready for the saucepan.
Molasses and peanut butter measured and ready for the saucepan.

  • Measure the coconut oil.
  • Ready the vanilla
  • Combine well the oats, cranberries, coconut flakes, almonds, pumpkin seeds, salt and chia seeds in a large bowl.

All the dry ingredients are combined.
All the dry ingredients are combined.

ASSEMBLING THE GRANOLA BARS

  • Set the peanut butter and molasses on the heat and bring it to a simmer.

Peanut butter and molasses on the heat.
Peanut butter and molasses on the heat.

  • Add the coconut oil and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the hot mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well to ensure everything is moistened and combined. Careful because it’s very, very hot.

The granola bar mixture ready for the pan.
The granola bar mixture ready for the pan.

  • Transfer the granola to the prepared square pan.

The Granola bar mix in the prepared pan.
The Granola bar mix in the prepared pan.

  • With a smaller 6 inch square pan or any other tool, press against the granola as firmly and evenly as possible. Really, you can use anything you’d like to compress the mixture. I chose a square pan because of its surface area and square corners.

Pressing the mixture with a 6 inch square pan.
Pressing the mixture with a 6 inch square pan.

  • Compress the mixture as firmly as possible because will cut cleanly.
  • Refrigerate until firm.

Granola Bars: The Finer Cookie.
Granola Bars: The Finer Cookie.

FINISHING AND STORING THE GRANOLA BARS

Granola Bars chilled overnight and ready for cutting into 24 pieces.
Granola Bars chilled overnight and ready for cutting into 24 pieces.

Granola bars cut into thirds.
Granola bars cut into thirds.

Then I cut each third in half and half again.
Then I cut each third in half and half again.

 

TAGS:  granola   oats   molasses   fruit   peanut butter   coconut       LABELS: Gluten Free  No Bake  Quick and Easy  Nut and Seed 

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Adriano   2017-01-04

Really good recipe, very easy and quick away to make a granola bar. Thanks Kim!

Kimberlie 2017-01-04

Hi Adriano. So happy to hear you tried them and like them. They're delicious. Say hi to the family for me.

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CHEWY GRANOLA BARS WITH COCONUT AND CRANBERRY (GF) (V)

Makes 16 squares

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