We love granola. So making granola bars for hikes, an afternoon snack, and even a grab and go breakfast is pretty awesome in our house.
I love that you can customize these bars. Heck, you choose the granola that goes in them! You can add nuts or fruit, or use a granola without either.
3/4 c. unsalted butter
1/3 c. packed coconut sugar (or natural sugar free sweetener like Swerve or Zsweet)
2 TBSP Vitafiber or 1.5 TBSP blackstrap molasses
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 c. prepared granola (I like to use our nut + seed granola)
low sugar dried cranberries or cherries
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 pan.
- Melt butter with sweeteners and salt in saucepan over medium heat. Set it aside to cool to lukewarm. Stir it again to mix in any butter that has separated.
- Add the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture, stirring until well combined.
- Stir in the granola. Spread mixture in the prepared pan.
5. Bake the bars until they're golden brown, 25 minutes. If you bake the bars 3-5 minutes longer, you'll have crunchier bars; bake 3-5 minutes less, and you'll have chewier bars.
6. Remove bars from the oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Loosen the bars with a sharp knife around the edges. Cut bars into rectangles. They're easier to cut when they're warm. Cool bars completely in pan before removing.
They were crunchy, a bit chewy, dense, and a bit sweet. They were the most exciting granola bar I've ever eaten. And I intend to bake (and eat) many-a-more bars.
How do you like your granola bars? Fruity? Chewy? Crunchy?