These granola bars are sweet, soft, chewy, healthy, delicious and so easy to make. These no bake healthy granola bars are great for breakfast on the run or as a snack with a cup of tea or coffee. You can even pack these in your kid's snack box. Kids will love it very much. When you make these at home, you can customize it by adding your favorite dry fruits, nuts or seeds. Moreover it has no chemicals, preservatives or any added colors. These granola bars were adapted from here. Today we will learn how to make no bake granola bar at home following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.
Chop almonds roughly into 3 or 4 pieces.
Coarsely chop dried cranberries and keep it ready.
Line bottom and sides of a 9 inch pan with parchment paper and keep it ready.
Dry roast oats until lightly toasted. Dry roast nuts also separately. You can also bake for 5 minutes at 180 degree C until lightly toasted.
In a bowl combine oats and nuts together.
In a pan, add butter, honey, brown sugar, salt, vanilla essence and cook on medium heat.
Once it starts to bubble, reduce the heat, cook for another 1 minute and switch off the heat.
Add the toasted nuts and oats to the above and mix well until well coated. Leave it to cool for 5 minutes.
Add cranberries, raisins, 1/4 cup chocolate chips and mix well. I had some leftover candied cherries, so I added that also. (As I told you this granola bar recipe is very flexible, you can add any nuts or dried fruits of your choice). If the chocolate chips melt, it doesn't matter.
Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan and press it hard with a spatula or with your hands. If you do not press it well, the bars will not hold together and will fall apart. So this step is very important.
You can scatter the remaining 2 tbsp chocolate chips on top and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
After 2 - 3 hours, lift the parchment paper, remove the block and cut it into bars and enjoy.
Storage - Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week.
Note - I halved the recipe above and got 6 bars. You can try it with dried cherries, apricots, pecans, raisins, walnuts, pistachios, unsweetened coconut etc.
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