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Cocoa Cranberry Granola Bars
By Kathryn Martin
SunButter recently published a recipe book, and oh boy, are these recipes delicious! The recipe book is a free download, and is going to be a great resource for back-to-school. I’ve tried out more than a few of them, and recently tried out the Cocoa Cranberry Granola Bar recipe and loved it.
Why does our family love this recipe so much?
– I’m in NEED of new recipes. I can only buy one type of granola bar for my son who is allergic to dairy, eggs, nuts and sesame. This is a nice change to our usual granola bars.
– This recipe is full of whole food ingredients, unlike many off-the-shelf granola bars.
– These granola bars are truly sweet treats – delicious as a sweet snack or late night treat.
– You can eat these granola bars right out of the freezer – they are still soft and chewy – no thawing necessary!
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup dried unsweetened cranberries, coarsely chopped (I used raisins)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup Organic SunButter (I used Creamy)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
I made just a few changes to this recipe based on the ingredients I had in my cabinet. I used raisins instead of dried unsweetened cranberries. I also used Creamy SunButter instead of Organic SunButter as the recipe suggested. I think these two substitutions added more sweetness to the granola bars, making them a definite treat!
The recipe is very easy too. You just mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl like this.
Combine all the other ingredients together in a pan to melt together.
Then you mix the wet and dry ingredients together and refrigerate for 2 hours (or put in the freezer for 1 hour to speed up the process for impatient cooks like me) 😉
Once the granola bars are ready, it’s so easy to take them out of the pan by picking up the aluminum foil. Then just cut them with a big kitchen knife, whatever size you prefer.
I love these bars as an after school snack, with a little fresh fruit on the side (photo taken on the kids’ picnic table on our porch!). Although these granola bars turned out to be sweet treats with my substitutions, I feel okay about giving the kiddos this option when I know they’ve eaten healthy all day.
This would also make an amazing dessert with a little coconut ice cream or whipped cream on the side!
As you can see, my Little Gal loves these granola bars too. I took this photo after her first happy bite!
Have you tried this recipe yet? What’s your favorite SunButter and/or granola bar recipe?
Kathryn, creator of the blog Mamacado, is a working mama who loves her family, healthy living, and avocados (of course!) Check out her blog for great ideas on food, family and fun…with a food allergy twist!