Cranberry Apricot Almond Granola Bars



Author Notes: A mix of traditional whole grains, dried fruit, and nuts with almond butter and whey powder to amp up the protein. The best part: they’re crazy delicious - a little sweet, thanks to the honey, and a little salty.Laura Messersmith | Goldfinch & Scout

Makes: 8 bars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced almonds
  • 1 1/4 cups Old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup whey protein powder, pref. vanilla flavor
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon, almond butter
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon, honey
  • 1/3 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray the interior of an 8x8x2 inch pan or 9 inch pie plate with non-stick spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  3. Chop the dried apricots to 1/4 inch pieces and stir together with the cranberries, almonds, rolled oats, whole wheat flour, whey protein powder, kosher salt, and ginger in a medium bowl.
  4. In a separate smaller mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract until evenly combined. Note: measuring olive oil first will make it easier to remove the almond butter and honey from the cup.
  5. our the almond butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until all the fruit, nuts, and oats are evenly coated. The granola mixture will be stiff, but should stick together. Add a touch more honey if the granola is too crumbly.
  6. Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan and use a rubber spatula press the mixture into the pan in an even layer, don’t neglect the corners!
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes until the edges begin to brown and the top turns lightly golden. Cool the bars completely in the pan before turning out onto a cutting board. Slice the baked bars into squares.
  8. Wrap the bars individually in plastic, or store in an airtight container with a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper between the layers. Adapted and rewritten from Smitten Kitchen Cookbook Almond Date Breakfast Bars.

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Reviews (2) Questions (0)

2 Reviews

Aly July 7, 2015
Can you recommend a good substitute for the whey protein powder?<br /><br />Thanks!
 
Author Comment
Laura M. July 8, 2015
Hi Aly - if you're looking to avoid dairy or just don't have whey protein powder on hand, I'd suggest using an equal amount of wheat flour and a touch of vanilla extract (say 1/2 teaspoon or so.) Hope that helps and that you enjoy the granola bars!