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Homemade Chewy Cran-Apple Granola Bars

by Laura

I love making homemade granola but have never tried making granola bars.  I decided to give them a whirl after seeing a recipe in my Taste of Home Oct/Nov issue.  They aren’t complicated to make.  The biggest challenge is just gathering all the fabulous ingredients.  These bars are so soft and chewy.  I loved the dried apples in them so much I think I’ll use more next time in place of the cranberries.  Below is my adaptation of the recipe.
They are quite chewy, which makes it a little hard to get them out of the pan and into beautiful bars.  I think if you cook them as long as you can with out over cooking them would help with this.

Homemade Chewy Cran-Apple Granola Bars

  • 3-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1/2 cup shaved sweetened coconut (regular coconut will do)
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apples
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Spray a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with cooking non-stick cooking spray.  Add oats and almonds to the pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until toasted, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the egg, butter, honey and vanilla together. Then add the sunflower kernels, coconut, apples, cranberries, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir to coat.
  3. Then stir in oat mixture and press into a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan that has been coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 13-18 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.

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After School Snack Fab Five | Real Mom Kitchen August 27, 2011 - 6:16 am

[…] First off is some easy and delicious chewy cran-apple granola bars. […]

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Hilary Seiter January 16, 2011 - 7:24 pm

Made these today after church and they are DELISH!!! I cooked them the full 18 minutes & they stay together pretty good, but still nice & chewy!! LOVED THEM!!

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Hilary Seiter January 16, 2011 - 7:24 pm

Made these today after church and they are DELISH!!! I cooked them the full 18 minutes & they stay together pretty good, but still nice & chewy!! LOVED THEM!!

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Donnie January 14, 2011 - 3:44 pm

They look delicious and healthy too Laura.

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Donnie January 14, 2011 - 3:44 pm

They look delicious and healthy too Laura.

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Christina @ Sweetpea's Kitchen January 14, 2011 - 1:19 pm

I love homemade granola bars! I usually make them once a week! 🙂 These look great…I love the dried apples in them. I need to try these out! Yummy!

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Christina @ Sweetpea's Kitchen January 14, 2011 - 1:19 pm

I love homemade granola bars! I usually make them once a week! 🙂 These look great…I love the dried apples in them. I need to try these out! Yummy!

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Lauren January 14, 2011 - 10:04 am

THANK YOU for posting this! I’ve been trying to find a yummy granola bar recipe without corn syrup in it and I just know this one will be awesome!

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Lauren January 14, 2011 - 10:04 am

THANK YOU for posting this! I’ve been trying to find a yummy granola bar recipe without corn syrup in it and I just know this one will be awesome!

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Deborah January 14, 2011 - 9:09 am

I just made granola bars for the first time a couple of weeks ago! This flavor combo sounds delicious.

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Deborah January 14, 2011 - 9:09 am

I just made granola bars for the first time a couple of weeks ago! This flavor combo sounds delicious.

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Barida January 14, 2011 - 8:25 am

I love these bars, when I was a kid my mum used to do some for me to take to school 🙂 Thanks for sharing, they look gorgeous!

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Barida January 14, 2011 - 8:25 am

I love these bars, when I was a kid my mum used to do some for me to take to school 🙂 Thanks for sharing, they look gorgeous!

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Cheryl January 14, 2011 - 8:24 am

If you put a sheet of parchment paper in the pan and spray it you can lift the bars right out and cut them after they cool…

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Cheryl January 14, 2011 - 8:24 am

If you put a sheet of parchment paper in the pan and spray it you can lift the bars right out and cut them after they cool…

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SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen January 14, 2011 - 7:41 am

What a delicious combination, Laura! Do you think they’ll be okay without the nuts, if I just up the oats?

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SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen January 14, 2011 - 7:41 am

What a delicious combination, Laura! Do you think they’ll be okay without the nuts, if I just up the oats?

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