Cranberry bars
Blog, For your ease, Uncategorized, World of recipes

Cranberries Granola bar

Now and then we all crave something new. How about some easy to make Cranberries Granola Bars?

Last week I wanted to try a new healthy school and to-go snack. We all got a bit tired of the granola bars we can buy here. And let’s be honest – the bought ones are often filled with sugar and neither really healthy nor filling.

I shared a recipe on Granola Bars in the past and we still do those now and then. But this new one is even easier and quicker, as it doesn’t require longer baking. I found this one under but I did a few changes.

I replaced the nuts with seeds so that the kids can take it to their “nut-free” schools. And I prefer to have the fruits smaller, so I let them run in a food processor for a little while. But I guess that is preference. It makes them chewier and stickier though I find.

Why not try the bars this weekend as a weekend snack and leave a few for the start of the week for the kids or yourself?

Cranberry Granola Bars 


  • 2 1/2 cups (230 grams) old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (80 grams) whole almonds, coarsely chopped – or replace those with mixed seeds like sunflower or pumpkin (always good when chopped in the food processor) and why not add some Chia seeds and such
  • 1/3 cup (113 grams) honey
  • 1/4 cup (56 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) dried cranberries, coarsely chopped – or mixed dried berries, we added some apricot, too, all chopped in the food processor
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips – optional – some of us don’t like chocolate in granola bars so we make half/half at the end

And now the easy and quick preparation:

Heat the oven to 170 deg C. Line a baking tray with baking paper and roast the oats and nuts (or seeds or nuts- and seed mixture) for about 5min, stir and then bake for another 3-5 minutes. Just until they are slightly roasted.

While the oats/nuts/seeds are roasting place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract and salt in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolved. Stir regularly.

Pour the butter mixture into a bowl with the toasted oats-mix and mix well. Cool a little and then add the dried fruits – and the chocolate chips if you like to add them. Mix well. If you add the chocolate chips they will melt a bit.

Transfer the mixture into a baking paper sheet and shape it into a square to a thickness you prefer. We prefer thinner bars, so we usually have them around a finger thick. Once you shaped a square you need to press the mixture hard so that the bars stick once cooled and cut. We use a chopping board for this to add additional pressure for about a minute. Cover the bars and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Remove and cut into bars to a size you prefer.

The bars are best stored in an airtight container for up to one week. If you store them in the fridge they tend to be a bit harder but soften once they get warmer.

Enjoy your snack! And please share a snack recipe if you have one at hand! I’m always looking for something new. Thank you!





Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.