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The temperatures have really started dropping in my neck of the woods, and that always puts me in the mood for fall baking! If nothing else, to warm the house up! I like to buy some of my fall baking supplies in bulk since I am baking so much more this time of the year. One ingredient I wasn’t able to find at my Sam’s Club was Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries, but good news, they are still available in bulk at other retailers! I found my bags at Walmart, and they were on Rollback for $4.98 for the 24 oz. package, so I grabbed 2! My bags also had $1 off coupon on them, so keep your eyes peeled!
Craisins® Dried Cranberries add a great zing to my recipes, and I like to throw them on top of my salads, too. Craisins® Dried Cranberries are harvested by Ocean Spray’s grower owners – some who’s families have had their farms for generations. Today I am going to share with you just one of my favorite recipes to use them in.
Granola bars are great for a quick breakfast as we are rushing out the door on school days, or for a nutritious snack later in the day. But, since I have severe food allergies I can’t just grab a box off the shelf at the grocery store. They are so easy to make (and delicious!) that even if food allergies aren’t a concern, you’re going to want to start making your own anyway! These granola bars are nut-free, and can be gluten-free if you use gluten-free oats. Some homemade granola bar recipes turn out rock-hard, but these are soft and chewy!
All you need are some old-fashioned oats, honey, butter, sugar, nut butter of your choice (I used almond, but peanut butter or sunflower butter would also be good!) vanilla extract, salt, sunflower seeds, and Craisins® Dried Cranberries. You will want to toast the oats and sunflower seeds in a 350° oven for about 10 minutes, then transfer into a mixing bowl.
Add the honey, butter, brown sugar, nut butter and vanilla extract to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until everything smelled together and smooth. Add to a mixing bowl with the old-fashioned oats and sunflower seeds and stir together well. Then add the cranberries and chocolate chips. Press the mixture into an 8 x 8 pan lined with waxed paper. Make sure you really press the mixture in so it holds together. Chill in the fridge for several hours, preferably overnight, then cut and serve. Here is the printable recipe:
- 2 C old fashioned oats
- 1/4 C sunflower seeds
- 1/2 C honey
- 1/4 C butter
- 1/4 sugar
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1/4 C almond butter
- 1/4 t salt
- 1/3 C Craisins® Dried Cranberries
- 1/4 C chocolate chips
- Place oats and sunflower seeds on a baking sheet in a 350° oven for 10 minutes to toast, then transfer to large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan combine honey, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, almond butter and salt and stir over medium heat until sugar and butter are melted and the mixture is combined. Pour into mixing bowl with oats and stir. Add Craisins® Dried Cranberries and chocolate chips. Press firmly into 8 x 8 baking pan lined with waxed paper and chill over night. Cut into bars and store in refrigerator.
I can’t wait for you to try these homemade cranberry seed granola bars and let me know what you think! And if you are looking for more delicious recipes with Craisins® Dried Cranberries check these out!