White Chocolate and Cranberry Granola Bars

I’ts no secret that I love to snack. I get home from work around 5 and before I make dinner I want to grab a snack, after dinner snack – of course, late evening snack – count me in, I often count my snacks as my lunch while I’m at work too. I usually eat things like pretzels, crackers, granola bars, fruit snacks and more. Sometimes I count candy as a snack too – oops.

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So, in an effort to snack a little healthier, I decided to make my own granola bars.

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Though I won’t go as far as to claim that these are healthy, they are healthier than most granola bars you might get from the store. But what they have in healthiness they do not lose in flavor. These granola bars are some of the best I have ever had, and this is definitely a recipe I will be making again and again.

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The great thing about granola bars is that you can make them your own. Just remember if you are taking out 1 dry ingredient you need to replace it with another dry ingredient, or a wet ingredient for a wet ingredient – to keep the right consistency going.

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But feel free to leave the rice cereal out and add more oats, add flaxseed, add almonds, try milk chocolate instead of white chocolate,  leave out the coconut flakes. Whatever your heart desires. But I think this combo is pretty great. And I seriously LOVED getting the bites of white chocolate the most. Yum!

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White Chocolate and Cranberry Granola Bars
 
Serves: 18 bars
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup rice cereal
  • ⅓ cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 TBS corn syrup
  • 2 TBS peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup white chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Combine oats, rice cereal and coconut flakes in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Mix in your honey, corn syrup and peanut butter.
  4. Add your chocolate chips and craisins and stir in well.
  5. Press mixture into a greased 9x9 inch pan.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes. (until edges are slightly crispy)
  7. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into bars. Cut into about 1.5x3inch bars.

 

 

Enjoy these delicious granola bars for a moderately healthy snack for you and your family!

 

Store in an air tight container.


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11 Comments

  1. Please specify old fashioned oats or quick oats.

    1. I’m sorry, I use old fashioned oats, but I think quick oats would work fine too. I altered the recipe to say so ;)

  2. If I use dried cranberries do I need to add some sugar? Or maybe do a simple syrup and dip the cranberries in it first?

    1. Any brand of dried cranberries should work fine, I usually use craisins, but you shouldnt need to do anything different with another brand.

  3. What could I replace the peanut butter with for my son who is allergic to all nuts.

    1. I haven’t tried it with anything else, so I can’t guarantee how it’ll turn out, but I would just try increasing the honey amount a little bit, enough to make the mixture sticky.

  4. I am a total snacker as well (my weakness is air popped popcorn with parmesan). These granola bars look so wonderful. I love the rice puffs and peanut butter. Stopping by to say hi from Grow Your Blog and am excited to explore!

    1. I love popcorn as a snack too! How do you get the parmesan to stick to the popcorn? I can never get salt to stick well to air popped.

      Let me know if you try these bars out! I love them!

  5. Ok. I’m DEFINITELY interested in these! Thanks for sharing!! Pinning.

    1. Thanks! You’ll have to let me know what you think!

  6. ooh those sound delicious!

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