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Homemade Chewy Cran-Apple Granola Bars

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I love making homemade granola but have never tried making granola bars.  I decided to give them a whirl after seeing a recipe for Homemade Chewy Cran-Apple Granola Bars 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. This makes it a little hard to get them out of the pan and into beautiful bars.  I think if you cook the Homemade Chewy Cran-Apple Granola Bars as long as you can without over cooking them. I think this would help with this.

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Homemade Chewy Cran-Apple Granola Bars

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Ingredients
  

  • 3-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • ½ cup whole almonds chopped
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • cup butter melted
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sunflower kernels
  • ½ cup shaved sweetened coconut regular coconut will do
  • ½ cup chopped dried apples
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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  3. 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!!

  4. 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!!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

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