Homemade granola bars are really quite easy to make. Filled with dried fruit and healthy nuts, how can you go wrong?
I've made a few different homemade bars over the last couple of years, inspired by many recipes. My favorite one, and one that is requested all the time by my kids and my parents, is a peanut butter granola bar from Martha Stewart. I added my own little spin to the recipe recently and the result was fabulous. I just made a batch of these for my mom for her birthday and she and my dad both loved them!
I hope you'll try these soon and let me know what you think!
Almond Butter Granola Bars
Recipe inspired by the Granola Bars via www.marthastewart.com
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (I use Bob's Red Mill Thick Rolled Oats)
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp water
1 large egg white
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a small overhang at 2 opposite ends.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, cherries and almonds.
In a small saucepan whisk together the salt, almond butter, brown sugar, oil, cinnamon, salt and water. Heat on low until sugar has dissolved and mixture comes together, about 5 minutes or so. Let it cool slightly then whisk in the egg white.
Pour the liquid over the oat mixture and stir until moistened. Spread evenly in your prepared pan and smooth the top.
Bake until top is firm and lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then lift the bars out of the pan using the parchment as handles. Let the bars cool completely before cutting them into bars with a serrated knife.