These Soft and Chewy Cranberry Almond Granola Bars are loaded with wholesome ingredients and are incredibly easy to make. They’re a simple mixture of oats, nuts, almond butter, cranberry flavors and honey, pressed and cut into bars. No baking needed.
This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of Ocean Spray.
Homemade granola bars are a quick and easy way to enjoy a wholesome snack or breakfast on the go. These Soft and Chewy Cranberry Almond Granola Bars are gluten-free and can easily be made vegan with the use of agave syrup.
With no added sugars and plenty of complex carbs and healthy fats, these chewy homemade granola bars will keep you fueled and ready to go.
Making these is a snap. Simply mix all the ingredients together, press into an even layer, then cut. No baking needed. Here’s a list of the ingredients you’ll need.
Ingredients for Homemade Cranberry Granola Bars
- Rolled oats
- Sliced almonds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Dried cranberries
- Cranberry seeds
- Honey (or agave syrup for vegan)
- Almond butter
You might have noticed the cranberry seeds in the list of ingredients. I’m excited to be one of the first to try the new Ocean Spray® Cranberry Seeds. Cranberry seeds are loaded with nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, and Omega 3 fatty acids.
Ocean Spray Cranberry Seeds are produced with zero waste. This means they are upcycled from what would have been food waste, positively contributing to a more sustainable supply chain.
Cranberry Seeds are also an excellent source of fiber, with 1.6 times the amount found in chia and flax seeds. The vibrant red color is 100% natural. With a neutral flavor, these red seeds are a unique addition to your baked goods, snacks, salads, and a variety of recipes. These GMO-free and allergen-free cranberry seeds also support digestive health and immunity.
How to Make Chewy Granola Bars
Heat honey in a small pan over medium heat to 250° F. Meanwhile place rolled oats, peanuts, sliced almond, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, cranberry seeds, and almond butter in a large bowl.
Add heated honey and stir until evenly combined. Press into a square parchment-lined dish into about a 1-inch thick layer.
Chill about 30 minutes to set then cut into bars.
Tips for Making Granola Bars
Heat the honey before mixing it with other ingredients. This will make it more viscous and mixing easier.
Press the mixture into a dish lined with parchment paper. Once the granola bars are set, simply lift them out of the dish using the parchment paper then cut.
Chill to set the granola bars. Once combined, chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or until firm.
Honey and almond butter make them chewy. These will be a bit sticky, but very soft and chewy. If you prefer, use less honey to make them more dry.
Can I Substitute Ingredients?
If you’re not a fan of some of the ingredients or are allergic, simply swap them out. For example, you could try different dried fruits, nuts, or a cereal such as rice crispies.
The important thing is to keep the same ratio of dry ingredients to liquid for proper consistency.
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Soft and Chewy Cranberry Almond Granola Bars
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup peanuts, salted
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup almond butter
- ⅔ cup dried cranberries
- 1-½ tablespoons Ocean Spray® Cranberry Seeds
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 cup honey, or agave syrup for vegan
- Place rolled oats, peanuts, sliced almond, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, cranberry seeds, salt, and almond butter in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Heat honey in a small pan over medium heat to 250° F. Carefully pour honey into the prepared bowl and stir until well combined.
- Let cool slightly. Press mixture into a square parchment-lined dish into about a 1-inch thick layer.
- Chill about 30 minutes to set then cut into bars. Store extras in an airtight container at room temp or in the fridge.