Let’s talk snacks. I first made these when my husband went on a camping trip with a friend a couple of months ago (side note: what is it about freezing and crapping in the woods that’s so appealing to men? Personally, I’m a fan of indoor plumbing and heat, but that’s just me). They were taking MREs, but I wanted him to have something filling and nutritious that I knew he would eat. They were super easy and delicious, so I filed them away for future use. When Little Man started school, I knew they would be perfect for a school snack!
2 1/2 Cups Old-Fashioned Oats
1/2 Cup Chopped Almonds (I chopped them up really fine since they were for my little guy)
1/3 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, cut into pieces
1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 Cup Chopped Dried Cranberries
1/4 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips, plus 2 Tbl
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 or 9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
- On a separate baking sheet, add oats and almonds (I also sprinkled cinnamon on it. I have no idea how much I used, so just go with your gut). Bake for 5 minutes, stir, and then bake for an additional 5 minutes.
- Pour toasted oats into a large bowl and set aside.
- In a small pot, add butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
- Pour melted butter mixture over the toasted oats and almonds and stir to combine. Let it sit for about five minutes to cool.
- Add cranberries and 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and stir to combine.
- Pour the granola into your lined baking sheet and press the mixture firmly into the pan. Make sure the mixture is really pressed in so the bars will stay together once you cut them.
- Add the remaining chocolate chips and gently press into the top of the mixture.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.
- Then pull the bars out of the pan, remove the foil, and cut to your desired size. I cut into smaller bars so it was more manageable for him at school.
Easy peasy! The original recipe said they are good for about a week. I’m not sure what happens after that, because they haven’t lasted that long in my house. Enjoy and let me know what you think! And be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!