Friday, February 18, 2011

Chewy Cranberry and Mini Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

I did it! This recipe comes with a big sigh of relief and a check of my list. For two or three months, I have been exhausting my husband's faith in me when it came to baking him granola bars. He will have a box in hand at the store, and I will say "Don't buy those, I'm going to make them." Well our last trip to the cereal aisle ended in "I don't think I believe you" SO. I tucked my kids in bed and pointed my focus to a new baking task. They were so simple to make and leave a mommy with the joy of knowing exactly what was mixed up in the bowl and how much money was saved. This recipe created 18 granola bars out of one batch and it probably cost me around $1.50!  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line a 9x13 pan with foil and brush foil with Olive Oil 
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup quick oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (dark chocolate if you can find it)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 Egg - beaten
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup olive oil or coconut oil
2 tsp Vanilla

Mix up the dry ingredients. In one of your used measuring cups, beat up the egg. Add the egg, honey, olive oil and vanilla into the dry ingredients. Stir until well mixed. This will take a little determination, and the best kitchen tool for this are your hands! Once mixed, press the dough into your foil lined pan. 


Bake for 20 minutes for chewy granola bars. 25-30 minutes for a more crunchy bar. Cut through the bar while in the pan and then allow to completely cool in the pan to avoid breaking the bars.

This yummy creation was adapted from a Tasty Kitchen recipe.


  1. i am SO going to try this very soon :-) just have to get some slow cooking oats... oh, and cranberries...and mini chocolate chips... :-)

  2. Baked these again today and did a Peanut Butter with mini chocolate chips and they are fantastic! These were my changes:

    Added 1/2 cup of Peanut Butter
    Went shy with the Olive Oil because of the oils in the PB.
    Did only the 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips

  3. Kelly,
    Did you use natural PB? You know, the kind that is runny? I tried doing 1/2 PB and no Olive Oil and mine needed something extra added to them. So I stirred in cranberries. They weren't terrible, but they didn't taste as great as my first batch. Also do you still think that baking them for 20 min is a must? I saw a recipe that said bake for 8 min. Thanks for your insight!

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  5. I did use the Smuckers natural creamy peanut butter. What do you mean by "they needed something"? Do you mean the texture was off? Mine were a bit off, but once I really pressed them into the pan, they baked up nicely. Although, the Peanut Butter flavor wasn't as strong as I wanted. But they were still delicious! I baked them for 20 minutes. You could always do the 8 with this recipe and see how they did. If they cooled and were a mess you could bake them again and just have crunchy granola bars. Hope this all helps!

  6. If you don't have ground flax seed, what changes would you make to make up for that 1/2 cup?? I have never used flax and don't have any on hand and keep forgetting to pick it up and I'm almost out of granola bars and want to make some of these tonight.

  7. You could use wheat germ or just leave it out.