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Cherry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Cherry chocolate chip granola bars are LOADED with nutritious and filling ingredients making them an awesome, healthy breakfast or snack recipe.  These chewy granola bars feature almond butter, honey, quinoa, dried cherries, oats, and almonds for a deliciously jam-packed snack.

Course Snack
Servings 12 bars
Calories 244 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almonds roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa (uncooked)
  • 3/4 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup neutral-tasting oil, such as vegetable, canola, corn, etc.
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange oats, almonds, and dry quinoa on a large rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Toast for 8-10 minutes, or until golden and lightly fragrant, removing the pan from the oven halfway through to shake everything up. Keep a close eye as it can go from golden to burnt quickly.

  2. Once toasted, transfer oats/almonds/quinoa to a large mixing bowl immediately to cool down. Add crispy rice cereal to the bowl and stir everything up to combine evenly.

  3. Line an 8"x8" pan with parchment paper and set aside, leaving the parchment long enough on two opposite sides so you'll be able to easily lift it out of the pan later on.

  4. Add honey, almond butter, oil, brown sugar, and salt to a small saucepan set over medium heat. Stir to combine, then cook for a few minutes until heated throughout and the very edges of the pan are becoming bubbly.

  5. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the honey/almond butter mixture into the bowl with the oats/nuts/quinoa/cereal and stir. Add the dried cherries and the chocolate chips and stir until everything is coated evenly.

  6. Press mixture into the parchment-lined 8"x8" pan well, arranging in a dense single layer. Pay close attention to the edges, pressing firmly to help ensure they don't crumble off later on when the bars are sliced.

  7. Refrigerate for at least one hour, or until the bars have firmed up very well. Slice into 12 bars, storing them in the refrigerator to help them hold their shape well.

Recipe Notes

I prefer creamy, no-stir almond butter in snack bars. If using a natural almond butter with the oil separated at the top, stir it up very well before adding to the recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 114
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.7g 20%
Saturated Fat 2.9g 15%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 136mg 6%
Potassium 126mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 30.2g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3.1g 12%
Sugars 15.9g
Protein 4.7g 9%
Calcium 4%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.