Try chewy, homemade granola bars for school snack day or keep some stashed in the freezer.

I feel like I am coming out of semi-retirement. For those who are still reading, thank you for your interest in my blog despite my rare “appearances.” I’m hoping that a few life changes I have recently put in place will free up some time and allow me to post more often. I miss cooking, using my camera, posting and hearing from you!

Every winter, I am reminded how hard it is to capture decent photos when the daylight has disappeared before I get home from work. A few worthy recipes have been withheld due to this winter photography handicap.

I first made these granola bars when I signed up to deliver a school snack. The preschoolers were venturing out on a field trip and needed something to eat on the bus. True to form, I skipped the simple solution of buying something from the store (which the majority of the kids would have preferred) and instead, I stubbornly created a time consuming project. Luckily, it was a joint venture with Mini Whipped who perfected the art of the parchment wrap and twist.

Since the school outing, I have experimented with a few different recipes. I like the combination of tart cranberries with sweet, white chocolate. And, we’ve all voted that chewier, soft granola bars are the way to go for our family. I found that if wrapped in plastic wrap, the bars freeze well. So, consider doubling the batch and keeping extras on hand.

Feel free to get creative and mix up the sweet stuff inside. If cranberries and white chocolate aren’t your thing, add nuts, chocolate chips or other goodies.

Cranberry White Chocolate Granola Bars
Makes about 14 bars
Adapted from Mom’s Big Book of Baking

3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 inch square baking dish. Spread the oats and sunflower seeds on a cookie sheet and bake about 10 minutes until slightly toasted, stirring once. Remove the pan and let oats cool completely.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a smal bowl. In another bowl, combine the oil and brown sugar and stir until smooth. Stir int he egg and vanilla. Stir the flour mixture until just combined. Stir int he oat mixture until combined.

Stir in the cranberries and white chocolate chips. Press the mixture into the greased baking pan. Bake for about 25 minutes.

Remove the bars from oven and let them cool completely. Cut the bars and use a sharp spatula to remove them. Wrap in plastic wrap or keep in a ziplock back or airtight container for up to 5 days. Or, wrap individually in plastic wrap and store them in the freezer.

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13 Responses to “Cranberry White Chocolate Granola Bars”

  1. Kathy Says:

    how timely! I was just checking out granola bar recipes and here you are! Like minds chicklet.

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Says:

    Love this! Awesome recipe :)

  3. Stolk Says:

    Excited to make this with Penelope. We go through way too many boxes of $4.99 Whole Foods style bars…

  4. AMH Says:

    Made them today -surprisingly I had all the ingredients. The wonderful smell of cinnamon
    is currently taking over the house. Can’t wait to let the boys gobble them up. Question. If egg is the binder, do you need the oil or visa versa?

  5. Needful Things Says:

    Ah, why do we mothers always feel the need to spend 17 hours making something for a 5-yr olds class trip/bake sale/potluck/whatever when kids are so non-discerning? Knowing that, I continue to slave away :-/

    Love the combination of cranberries with white chocolate. I would definitely give this recipe a try – maybe throw in some nuts in the mix.

  6. Ruth Says:

    I am super excited to try these! I love the combination of cranberries and white chocolate. Thanks for posting!

  7. Charles Says:

    Nice recipe! Perfect combination of white chocolate and cranberries!

  8. Newcook Says:

    This recipe is great! I didn’t have sunflower seeds in the house, so I substituted chopped almonds and a few tablespoons of sesame seeds. I also used half whitE chocolate and half dark chocolate chips. Yum! I cut it into squares and served it as healthy-ish cookie bars. :) I’ll defenitely be making this again.

  9. Lindsey Says:

    Yum! I have been looking for granola bar recipes for a long time, but they all seemed to be really unhealthy and require exotic ingredients! This may become my go-to!

  10. James Says:

    A colleague at work sent me the link to this recipe as I had just been complaining about how expensive muesli bars were for my kids snacks. I’ve made some slight modifications (i.e. adding chocolate drops and macadamia nuts), but the kids now make their own which is great!

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