Cinnamon berry granola bars

Cinnamon berry granola bars

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(55 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

    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
    Walnuts

    Walnut

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

  • 3 tbsp honey
    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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BarbieLB
13th Sep, 2017
2.55
Too sweet even with only two thirds of the sugar ☹️
kremitchell
6th Feb, 2017
Great recipe, and they keep for ages. I've made these dozens of times, here are a few tips 1. Half the sugar, it's not necessary 2. Use pumpkin seeds, not sunflower seeds, they're tastier and more colourful. 3. I use mixed chopped nuts as they're a bit cheaper than walnuts 4. Make sure the butter and sugar is really hot before adding it. I generally let it start to boil then throw it into the oats. 5. Chop the cranberries roughly. 6. Make sure the mixture is pressed down very firmly into the tin. I use a spatula with non-stick paper wrapped around it to avoid sticking. 7. Cook until light brown on top, the longer in the oven without burning the better. Underbaked and they'll fall apart 8. Cut once cool, not while they're hot. Use a big knife cutting down sharply and not sawing at them. Good luck ;-)
angelasaha
3rd Mar, 2016
5.05
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
16th Oct, 2015
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
1st Apr, 2015
5.05
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
8th Nov, 2014
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
6th Oct, 2013
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
20th Sep, 2013
Really good. Used agave syrup and not over sweet like some flapjacks can be.. Toasting ingredients makes quite a difference
simonek
30th Apr, 2013
Sound great, but so high in sat fat! Low fat alternative suggestions?
journeymanluke
17th Apr, 2013
5.05
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!

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randoms
19th Jul, 2013
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.
raddaduk
10th Feb, 2016
5.05
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
23rd Mar, 2015
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.