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Cranberry, Coconut, and Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Course Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cooling Time 40 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Author Janssen Bradshaw

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup nuts I like cashews and almonds best
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup mini or regular chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut I like unsweetened, but either is fine
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter or oil
  • 6 Tablespoons honey maple syrup, or corn syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 baking pan with tinfoil, spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Put the oats in a blender and blend for about 5 seconds. The oats on the bottom will be very fine, and the oats on the top will be barely blended.
  3. Pour the oats in a mixing bowl and add the sugar, salt, cinnamon, nuts, cranberries, chocolate chips, and coconut. Stir and set aside.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt the peanut butter, butter/oil and honey together until smooth. Stir in the water, then pour it all over the dry mixture and stir until well-coated.
  5. Press firmly into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the edges are nicely browned.
  6. Let cool completely, then remove from the pan, peel off the foil, and cut into squares.
  7. These freeze beautifully!

Recipe Notes

(adapted from Smitten Kitchen)