Cinnamon berry granola bars

Cinnamon berry granola bars

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 12

These granola bars are great for lunchboxes, breakfast on the run or just with a cup of coffee

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per bar

kcalories
294
protein
6g
carbs
30g
fat
17g
saturates
6g
fibre
3g
sugar
17g
salt
0.14g

Ingredients

  • 100g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 200g porridge oats
  • 100g sunflower seeds
  • 50g sesame seeds
  • 50g chopped walnuts
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100g dried cranberries, cherries or blueberries, or a mix

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Butter and line the base of a 18 x 25cm tin. Mix the oats, seeds and nuts in a roasting tin, then put in the oven for 5-10 mins to toast.
  2. Meanwhile, warm the butter, honey and sugar in a pan, stirring until butter is melted. Add the oat mix, cinnamon and dried fruit, then mix until all the oats are well coated. Tip into the tin, press down lightly, then bake for 30 mins. Cool in tin, then cut into 12 bars.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2008

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karola's picture

I know this recipe seems to be a big hit among many, but I made these bars today and didn't really like them. As other people have said, the bars are very crumbly (even if cut straight immediately) so that in essence, what you've made is a granola to tip into a jar and have with milk. Whereas I'd made these to avoid having a cereal you have with milk! Probably about 50 g golden syrup, and 50g more butter/peanut butter would help bind it better. If you are looking for a solid bar, this isn't for you.

miki_rice's picture

the taste is lovely but sadly they were all crumbly and didnt stick together although I did press the ingredients very hard and even left them in the freezer hoping that it would help them bind better.
Anybody has a solution ?

spratt28's picture

Really good. Used agave syrup and not over sweet like some flapjacks can be.. Toasting ingredients makes quite a difference

simonek's picture

Sound great, but so high in sat fat! Low fat alternative suggestions?

journeymanluke's picture
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Really wasn't sure what to expect when I combined the mixture before putting it all in the oven but the final result was incredible! Lovely recipe that shall be enthusiastically recommended. You've encouraged this young cook to get experimental with sweets treats and variants of these bars thank you!

sairastarr's picture
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best flapjacks I've ever made, i love this recipe. I substituted almonds for the walnuts and didn't have any sunflower seeds but still amazingly tasty

jbroadhurst1967's picture
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Fantastic recipe will definitely make over and over again.

norah_comerford's picture
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I made these yesterday and absolutely love them. They are really easy to make. They worked out nice and crunchy too, which is good as I don't really like chewy ones. I added extra nuts (hazelnuts, almonds and brazils) as I didn't have enough seeds in the cupboard. I'll be trying them with less butter next time to make them more healthy.

samijo230670's picture
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Success! I swapped the 100g of dried fruit for 100g of dates, chopped them up and melted them in a pan with a bit of water, to make a paste. I added this to the final mixture and it has made them nice and moist. So tasty, so moreish, so going to have eaten them all before I know it!

livyliv's picture

The first time I made these gorgeous granola bars they tasted divine but fell apart and looked more like a cereal topping. I wanted to try the recipe again, this time determined to create bars not crumbs. With all the mixture combined, I added a splash of water to try and bind the ingredients a bit better. It worked!! It was still crumbly while cutting it, but not as messy as the previous attempt. Next time I will add even more water in the hope of zero crumbly bits falling off.

samijo230670's picture
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An addition to my previous comment; feedback from my mountaineer friend is that the bars are extremely tasty, but a little crumbly. So, I am going to try adding some dates, and melt them in to the butter etc, before adding the oat mixture. I'll keep you informed!

samijo230670's picture
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Reduced the walnuts and added some almonds instead. I haven't tested them yet, but they smell delicious! I think the fact that the seeds, oats and nuts are toasted first, it must add to the nutty flavour. I've made these for a friend who's off on a mountaineering trip, I'm sure they'll keep him well fuelled-up!

sugarbunbun's picture

I was disappointed with the result as found them very hard and crumbly, but sprinkled them on to some yoghurt and will use the rest on an apple crumble. I think I wud rather a more chewy consistency.

tjkent2426's picture
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'These are delicious and have a great flavour but make sure you pack the mix down before baking' Everyone should try these.

cobhrai's picture
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I used pumpkin seeds and dates and only cooked for 20 mins. Mine are also a bit crumbly around the edges where I did not press it down firmly enough. I used plain oats instead of porridge oats which maybe why it is a bit crumbly? However totally yummy :-)

sue-johnson's picture

These are gorgeous. I'm constantly making them as they get eaten so quickly. Using good quality oats makes a difference, and I agree that varying the fruit and nuts makes some lovely combinations. In response to it breaking, you do have to cut it whilst still warm as it 'shatters' if you try and cut it when cold x

yvonne2462's picture

These bars taste great. Took them hillwalking with us as a snack.
Next time I would not put in as much sesame seeds but add pumpkin and other seeds. Reduce cooking time as they do go hard!!!

ninajane23's picture
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Just making these for the first time as a snack to refuel post my first 10k run tomorrow. They're still in the oven but they smell amazing already!

lisaevernden's picture
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Really easy to make, and even better when you can adapt the ingredients so easily. Perfect for the lunchbox..and makes plenty too!

mrshwc's picture

I too would leave out the cinnamon, but these have great potential. Mine turned out really crumbly and fell apart when I cut them after cooling - any tips?? Should I use all honey/no sugar? Also could I have made them too thin? Spread them into a normal tin.

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