Cinnamon berry granola bars

Cinnamon berry granola bars

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(50 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Makes 12
These granola bars are great for lunchboxes, breakfast on the run or just with a cup of coffee

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per bar

  • kcal294
  • fat17g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre3g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.14g
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Ingredients

  • 100g butter, plus extra for greasing

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 200g porridge oats
  • 100g sunflower seeds
  • 50g sesame seeds
  • 50g chopped walnuts

    Walnut

    wall-nut

    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

  • 3 tbsp honey

    Honey

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    Honey is made by bees from the nectar they collect from flowers. Viscous and fragrant, it's…

  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100g dried cranberries, cherries or blueberries, or a mix

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.

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Comments (68)

angelasaha's picture
5

Made them for the first time, and my bars didn't crumble. I heated the butter sugar and honey mixture until there were a few small bubbles (not boiling), and then when the granola bars were baking I took it out of the oven at 30 minutes pressed it down and baked for a further 10. I let it cool for about 6 hours and then cut it up. I also substituted walnuts for pecans, and added some pumpkins seeds. Delicious!

sarahilj's picture

These are great, had no problem at all with them crumbling, wonder if other people who did used jumbo oats? Also can help to make sure you melt the sugar and honey as well as the butter and blend well before adding oat mixture

undercoverangel's picture
5

These are very tasty, though I agree with previous comments that no matter how you hard you compress the mixture it still crumbles, in future I would be inclined in future to reduce the sugar and add more honey or coconut oil to combine the mixture.

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
5

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
5

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
5

Fantastic recipe will definitely make over and over again.

norah_comerford's picture
5

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
5

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
5

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
5

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
4

'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
4

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!!!

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Questions (1)

randoms's picture

The sugar content seems a little high for something that is classed as low GI? Or have I got my information on the GI wrong? Also, would this recipe work with fresh fruit instead of dried? Thanks.

Tips (2)

raddaduk's picture
5

I used the quantities of wet ingredients exactly as described. No crumbly issues but the following tips did help:

1) Use soft fluffy rolled oats like main porridge brands, not hard ones
2) Flatten the ingredients firmly prior to baking
3) Bake for 25 minutes, not 30 minutes
4) After baking, cut ingredients but then leave in tray until completely cooled before removing them.

Damsel8's picture

I made these last week and couldn't understand the comments about them being crumbly after mine were perfect. When I did them again today I realised that I had added 200g of butter as when I used 100g today it was not enough to bind the mixture together. I've added most of this batch to our muesli as they are falling apart. So, more butter is the answer for next time.

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