Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars (Borrowed from InspiredTaste.net)
Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars are chock-full of healthy oats, almonds, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips. Unlike a lot of homemade granola bars, these delicious treats hold together when cut. They're simple to make, and stay soft for up to a week in an airtight container.
Servings: 15 Bars
- 2-½ cups (8 ounces, 227 grams) old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup (2.5 ounces, 71 grams) whole almonds, coarsely chopped
- ¼ cup (2 ounces, 57 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- ⅓ cup (4 ounces, 113 grams) honey
- ¼ cup (1.875 ounces, 53 grams) light brown sugar, packed
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
- ½ cup (2 ounces, 57 grams) dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
- ¼ cup plus 2 Tablespoons 2.3 ounces, 65 grams mini-chocolate chips, divided
Heat oven to 350° F. Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch square pan with non-stick aluminum foil. Lightly oil or spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
Combine oats and almonds on a large baking sheet with sides. Bake at 350° F for about 10 minutes, stirring once, or until lightly toasted. Transfer to large bowl.
Combine butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until mixture comes to a full boil. Continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes, or until mixture registers 220° F on an instant read thermometer.
Pour syrup mixture over oat and almonds; mix well. Let cool for 5 minutes.
Add dried cranberries and ¼ cup mini-chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
Transfer granola mixture to prepared pan; use a rubber spatula or damp hands to firmly press mixture into pan for about a minute. (The harder you press, the more likely the mixture will hold together when cut into bars.)
Sprinkle remaining 2 Tablespoons mini-chocolate chips over granola mixture. Gently press into mixture with rubber spatula.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Remove granola from pan and peel away aluminum foil. Cut into 12 to 15 bars.
Wrap individual bars in plastic wrap; store in airtight container for up to a week.
Yield: 12 to 15 bars.
Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg