Chewy Granola Bars

My boy is now a postman! To him, that means he walks upwards of 12 miles a day. To me, that means he needs easily snackable food to keep him energized for those 12 miles. His first day on his mail route was Wednesday so on Tuesday night I frantically whipped up some of my healthy muffins enhanced with some coco power and chocolate chips for ‘short term energy’. But, to me, that was just a temporary fix. Sure they will be great when eaten while walking to work after quickly dashing out of the house, but they are not something you can put in your pocket to munch on during a 12 mile walk. I wanted something that would be bite sized and deliver long term and short term energy (aka they needed a bit some sugar, some fats, and lots of carbs for my carb-a-holic, super fast metabolism boyfriend). At first I did consider making a massive batch of cookies, but I couldn’t quite justify the massive fat content. Eventually I settle on a granola bar, but not the regular sized ones, I wanted to be able to cut them down to just throw-in-your-mouth size since I knew his hands would be busy holding mail.Once I decided what it was exactly I wanted to make, I turned to one of my favourite food blogs called Smitten Kitchen. I just love the photographs and the little snip bits of  life you get treated to with each post. After a quick search I was treated to this recipe which seamed to fit my needs perfectly. I tweaked it slightly to contain some pre-made cereal granola which has lots of different seeds, nuts, and dried fruit in it because I didn’t want to have to buy a ton of separate ingredients that I probably wouldn’t use in any other recipe. Plus, I though the extra crunch of cooked granola would add a welcome texture.

This recipe is great! You get to add a two and a half cups of whatever goodies you fancy. This time I went for a classic mix of whole almonds, dark chocolate, raisins, and apricots, but you could really add whatever you want, or whatever you happen to have in your cupboard. The end result is chewy, slightly sticky bars crammed with goodness. AND they definitely fit the bill of being an easy snack to eat whilst on the run.

Makes a 8″x8″ tray full

  • 2 ½ cups of goodness. I made mine with:
    • 50g dark chocolate chopped
    • 70g whole almonds
    • whole whack of raisins
    • ¾ cup chopped apricots
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • cup granola (I used one with lots of dried fruit in it. You could use 1 cup oatmeal but I like the added chruncyness)
  • heaping ½ cup sugar
  • cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • dash ground cinnamon or nutmeg
  • cup melted butter
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Line an 8″ by 8″ brownie pan or your awesome brownie pan (like mine) with parchment paper.
  3. Chop up any whole dried fruit or chocolate that you are including in your 2 ½ cups of yumminess.
  4. Mix up the dried fruit, seeds, and nuts that you are using for the granola bars. I used whole almonds, dark chocolate, chopped apricots, and raisins.
  5. Measure out the oats and granola into a medium sized bowl.
  6. Add the sugar, flour, salt, nutmeg or cinnamon, and the dried fruit/nut mixture and give everything a good mix so all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  7. Melt ⅓ cup butter.
  8. Add the water, vanilla, and honey to the melt butter and whisk well to dissolve the honey.
  9. Pour the melted butter concoction over the oat, fruit, and nut mixture and stir well. You want to make sure everything is well coated and no dry flour remains.
  10. Evenly spoon the granola bar mixture into your parchment paper lined pan.
  11. Using a strip of plastic wrap, press the granola down into the pan to get rid of any air bubbles. You want the mixture to be nice and packed so they don’t fall apart when you pick them up. The plastic wrap is so you don’t end up with oats stuck to your fingers.
  12. Bake at 350F (180C) for 30 to 40 mins or until the outer edges are starting to brown.
  13. Allow the bars to cool completely. Then turn them out onto a cutting board.
  14. Using a sharp knife, cut into nicely sized granola bars. I was requested to cut them into ‘two bite’ size, and that’s what I did. Warning: cutting them into this size makes them very moorish. You’ll find yourself saying “I’ll just have one more…”
  15. Pop one in your bag on the way out the door and enjoy wherever you may be :)
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