Cranberry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a fan of granola bars. Though to be fair it use to be the chewier variety, specifically the ones with itty bitty marshmallows and chocolate chips. Yum! I’m such a kid. I can’t help it. S’mores in granola bar shape. It’s just perfect. Then one day I came across my next granola love. It was packed with dark chocolate and cranberries. And because this is how things always seem to go… they disappeared. I couldn’t find them anywhere. The best granola bar on the face of the planet (at the time) was no more. I searched high and low with zero luck. I knew the only way to have them again was to recreate them myself. I easily had this thought years ago.

finally made them. I bought a bag of dried cranberries last week with no real plans for them. I just knew I’d want some at some point in the coming weeks. Who knew I’d use them twice in one weekend?! I love cranberries in all forms… fresh, juice, dried, jellied…whatever. They’re amazing and my second favorite fruit on the planet, next to apples of course.

Maybe it’s my New England roots. I don’t know. But I have a deep love for all things cranberry. Not only do they give an amazingly (and perfect) sweet punch I’m looking for, but they’re healthy for you. Double bonus… tasty and good?! They’re a perfect compliment to chocolate, so these granola bars really have it all.

These chewy granola bars are a blend of sweet and chocolate perfection. Wrap these up and enjoy on the go, send along with your kids for school lunch or snack!

Yield: Makes 12 bars

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Ingredients:

2C old fashioned oats
1C Rice Krispie cereal
6 tbsp dried cranberries
3tbsp butter
1/4C honey
1/3C brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2-3 tbsp mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Lightly grease a 9x13 pan. Set aside.

In a large bowl mix oats, cereal and dried cranberries.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, honey and brown sugar. Stir to combine. When mixture begins to bubble, add vanilla. Reduce heat to low, allowing to cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Pour hot liquid mixture over dry ingredients. Stir well with a rubber spatula until ingredients are coated well.

Transfer to greased pan. Spread out evenly and press down firmly. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, press down into mixture.

Allow to sit for several hours before cutting into. If mixture has not set, chill for 15-20 minutes before cutting into.

Wrap and store bars in an airtight container.

Slightly adapted from: Tasty Kitchen


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27 Responses to “Cranberry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars”

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — August 29, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Homemade granola bars are so much better. And cranberry and chocolate are lovely together!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — August 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I make granola all of the time but have never made bars. Isn’t that odd of me?! :)

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — August 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Granola bars are and always have been my favorite snack. Though I like mine crunchy. Cranberries are also up there in my favorites… I have always wanted to visit the bogs on the cape but have never been. Maybe this fall I will go!

    • Rachel — August 29th, 2012 @ 11:43 am

      I grew up on the south shore and have always wanted to do that too. Maybe I’ll get to it this or next year!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    The chewy granola bars were totally my biggest vice too! But chocolate and cranberry is the adult version of ‘em. Good call!

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — August 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Love these, Rachel! Nothing beats homemade granola bars, and this combo is just perfect. I just might need to whip these up today! :)

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    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — August 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Homemade granola bars are the best and we always have them around for breakfast and snacks! I love this variation!

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    What a fun idea! And I love that you used Rice Krispies!! Lovely! I wonder if our Kellogg’s FiberPlus cereals would work too? Seems like a great way to boost the fiber content of an already delicious looking treat.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    These granola bars look perfect, Rachel! Love that they have all kinds of delish fall flavors in them, too. Great recipe and photos!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — August 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Granola bars are my weakness! They look fantastic!

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    Cassie — August 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I love soft and chewy granola bars. The cranberries in these are a winner!

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    Danae (The Busty Baker) — August 29, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I’m addicted to granola bars too, and I’ve tried several times to make them. My first try was way too sweet and gooey. My next several were just bad. And the most recent came out more like an oatmeal cookie. So I’m definitely trying these out, because they look just like the store bought kind I can’t live without!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — August 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    these are so pretty and perfect! i love granola bars too :) they’re super great to have as snacks…and to eat 1 after another ;)

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — August 30, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Yum! I love dried cranberries (I’m not a huge raisin fan, so cranberries it is). These look so good! I can’t wait to try them. Pinned!

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    Angela @ AnotherBitePlease — August 30, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I’ve been wanting to try and make my own granola bars…since I eat one everyday on my drive to work…have the dried cranberries in my pantry so perfect recipe to start with!

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    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — August 30, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Love the pictures– yay for granola bars :)

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    Carla @ Carla's Confections — August 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I love all this granola bar craze!!! Too much fun. I can’t wait to try my hand at making some :)

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    katie — August 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    this sounds fabulous and perfect for fall!!!

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    Catherine Mae — September 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I’m just wondering if I subsitute the cranberries for pomegranate (ocean spray now has dried fruit!) if it will still be a good combination? heck, anything with fruit and chocolate is a good combination!

    going to try these out

    • Rachel — September 3rd, 2012 @ 7:17 am

      You could definitely make that substitution, especially if you prefer it over cranberries! :)

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    Melissa — December 15, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Would it be possible to bake them a little to have them crunchier? Sometimes I like Chewy, but sometimes I like crunchy too… These look simple and yummy, I’m sure my toddler will love them! I like that it uses ingredients I always have on hand.

    • Rachel — December 15th, 2012 @ 11:51 am

      I’m not sure how well these would bake, but you could certainly try. Just don’t blame me if they don’t turn out! :) I know there are crunchier recipes out there and at some point I do plan on trying one and will share if it turns out.

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    Melissa — December 15, 2012 at 10:50 am

    How long will these keep? (Either in a container or frozen?)

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    Ruth — February 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    These look amazing! If they taste anything like the cranberry chocolate granola bars I usually buy, I’ll be set. And I’ll have to make them even healthier since they may become breakfast on the go, every day.

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    Emmy — March 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I was so excited when I found this yesterday! I immediately made a batch. They were delish but did not stay together at all. We ended up eating them over vanilla icecream. Yum!!!! But, I tried again today and just can not get it right. Yours looks so pretty and like bars. Mine just fall right apart. Any thoughts I. What I am doing wrong? Thank you!!!!

    • Rachel — March 26th, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

      I was able to keep mine mostly together but they are definitely softer chewy granola bars, not firm. Shaping and pressing together is definitely key with this, but I like your method of using it as ice cream topping when all else fails. :)

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    Monica — April 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Made these yesterday and they did not hold together. I did chill them, too. But once they get remotely “warm” they fall apart again. Any suggestions? More honey and brown sugar syrup? Thanks.

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