For as long as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed snacking on granola bars. They’re convenient and always made a great snack in between classes. When I became more conscious of what I was putting into my body, I realized those trusty Quaker Chewy Granola bars weren’t so healthy. I discovered healthier alternatives but found those options were more expensive. I need snacks that are ballin’ on my budget.
I’m obsessed with anything orange and cranberry (looking at you muffins and scones) so putting this combo into granola bars is the best decision I’ve made yet. The great thing about making anything at home is deciding what YOU actually want to go in it. This recipe is so versatile, you can add different dried fruits. If you’re feeling really crazy, you can even add some chocolate in there. When you give these a try let me know!
Orange Cranberry Granola Bars
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup almonds - rough chop
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter or spray 8 X 8-in baking dish and line with parchment paper.
Combine oats and almonds on sheet pan and bake 10 minutes, or until light golden brown. Shake pan occasionally. Transfer to large mixing bowl.
Reduce heat to 300 degrees F.
Combine honey, brown sugar, butter, orange juice, and vanilla extract into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat and stir for about one minute.
Pour the sticky sauce over the oats and almonds. Add the cranberries and sunflower seeds. Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
Pour mixture into the baking dish. With wet fingers, lightly press mixture until it is evenly dispersed throughout the dish.
Bake 20-25 minutes, or until desired texture.
Cool for at least 2 hours before cutting into bars or squares.
Since I bought salted (and roasted) sunflower seeds, I did not add additional salt.
Make sure to wet your fingers with some water before pressing the mixture into the dish. Trust me - it will save you the headache.
If you prefer a more crunchy granola bar, bake for a few minutes longer.