How To Make Cranberry Orange Granola Bars
Fuel up with these delicious gluten-free and vegan ganola bars. This guilt-free snack conatins oats, nuts, dried cranberries, orange zest, and honey.
Line a 9-inch square baker with two strips of criss-crossed parchment paper, cut to fit neatly against the base and up the sides. The parchment paper will make it easy for you to slice the bars later.
In a medium skillet over medium heat, toast the pecans and pepitas, stirring often, until they are fragrant and the pepitas are starting to make little popping noises, about 5 minutes.
Transfer the toasted pecans and pepitas to a food processor. Add the cranberries and then run the machine for about 10 seconds, until the nuts and cranberries are all broken up.
In a mixing bowl, combine the contents of the food processor with the oats, orange zest, cinnamon and salt. Whisk to combine.
In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk together the almond butter, honey and vanilla extract until well blended.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Use a big spoon to mix them together until the two are evenly combined and no dry oats remain.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared square baker. Use your spoon to arrange the mixture fairly evenly in the baker, then use the bottom of a flat, round surface (like a short, sturdy drinking glass), covered in a small piece of parchment paper, to pack the mixture down as firmly and evenly as possible.
Cover the baker and refrigerate for at least one hour, or overnight, to allow the oats to soak up some of the moisture so they aren’t sticky.
When you’re ready to slice, lift the bars out of the baker by grabbing both pieces of parchment paper on opposite corners. Use a sharp knife to slice the bars into 1” strips, then slice them in half through the middle.
For portability, you can wrap individual bars in plastic wrap or parchment paper. Bars keep well for a couple of days at room temperature, or store individually wrapped bars in a freezer-safe bag in the freezer for best flavor.
If you skip the food processor step, your bars will be more difficult to slice through and more likely to crumble at the edges. If the mixture was easy to mix together, that’s a sign that you need to add some more oats—sprinkle in more oats until you can’t incorporate any more.
- Calories: 268.39kcal
- Fat: 15.58g
- Saturated Fat: 1.45g
- Trans Fat: 0.00g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 8.36g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.42g
- Carbohydrates: 28.50g
- Fiber: 4.54g
- Sugar: 13.00g
- Protein: 7.50g
- Sodium: 111.51mg
- Calcium: 71.31mg
- Potassium: 243.56mg
- Iron: 1.79mg
- Vitamin A: 0.22µg
- Vitamin C: 0.35mg
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