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After my homemade granola success, I was in a mood to try my hands on some chewy, nutritious granola bars. I often want a breakfast that’s healthy and filling. But these are not just for breakfast or for a brunch , I enjoyed many of these bars with a cup of tea for my evening snack. These granola bars are perfect treat to take along when going for a bike riding or for a long walk. No doubt this is delicious and healthy treat to devour without even feeling guilty.

Hubby and I are OBSESSED like, a box a week obsessed with Kashi Cherry Dark Chocolate Chewy Granola Bars.  So, I wanted to have a homemade alternative. Again, like homemade granola this recipe is so easy to make. Plus you can customize it according to your liking. And homemade is the best way, right? So, go ahead and try this tasty, healthy treat for yourself…

Ingredients:

Recipe Adapted from: http://www.joyfulabode.com/

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2  cup honey
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
  • pinch of cinnamon

Method:

  • Start with 1/2 cup of almonds, walnuts and old-fashioned oats and dump everything into a food processor and process the ingredients until they are coarsely ground. Be careful not to powdered the ingredients, we need small bite sizes pieces which make the bars more dense and help them stick together.
  • Roughly chop the remaining nuts, then mix all these with the above mixture.
  • Add remaining old-fashioned oats, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds, then mix well and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine coconut oil, honey, salt, vanilla & almond extracts, and cinnamon. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat, about 2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and pour over nut mixture and stir well.
  • Transfer the granola mixture to a greased 9 by 9-inch baking dish lined with plastic wrap (cling foil) hanging to the sides and press firmly to evenly fill. Gently press the chocolate chips onto the top of the granola. Let the granola mixture set in the refrigerator until firm, about 2 to 3 hours minimum, or a day before cutting into squares(or desired shapes).
  • Wrap individual granola bars in cling foil and store in refrigerator. Have this for breakfast with a glass of smoothie or as a snack. Enjoy!

Homemade Granola!!

Homemade Granola!!

Hi everyone…I am glad to be back blogging, I hope you’ll are doing well, I am doing good too.

Let me start with saying this – Why didn’t I did this earlier?. Seriously this the first thing came in my mind after trying out this homemade granola. It’s delicious and so easy to make that you will never go back to the boxed cereal. It was my first time making granola and I’ll be sure to do it again.  This homemade granola is that good and ADDICTIVE! This homemade granola is a wonderful mixture of grains, nuts, fruits and hint of chocolate.

Don’t feel intimidated by the long list of ingredients, it is all just measure, mix and bake and the delicious results are very well worth. It’s also a fun recipe for kids to help measure and mix. On top of that what I like the most is you can substitute whatever ingredients you like… the kind of flavor you want to add (or not add), and which ingredients you have on hand.

I love this in a bowl of yogurt and some berries on top. On the other hand hubby likes to have this with cold milk or just as a snack. And to my little one he loves to pick all the cranberries and chocolate chips when he sees the jar open…:)

Homemade Granola!!

Homemade Granola!!

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil, vegetable oil,or canola oil
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup dried fruits (such as cranberries, cherries, chopped apricots, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips(I have used both white and dark chocolate)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  •  Combine oats, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and mix.
  •  In a small bowl, whisk honey, oil and vanilla extract together until combined. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well. Spread mixture evenly onto prepared baking sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes, stirring and re-spreading a few times with a spatula, until entire mixture is medium golden brown. Watch carefully, it burns quickly and will brown first in the corners and on the bottom.
  •  Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool on wire rack, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the apricots, cranberries, cherries and the chocolate chips.
  • Store the cooled  granola in an airtight container in refrigerator. It will keep for several weeks. Enjoy!!
Homemade Granola!!

Homemade Granola!!