Holiday cookie season is here! And I’m even more stoked than usual. To me, the true meaning of Christmas is making cookies for others and eating half of them myself, and this year I’m starting with these crunchy, fruity granola bars. Not cookies, but so delicious they might as well be!
That cranberry trail mix…I’ve been munching on it for a week or so, and I’m amazed I had enough restraint to save any for the bars. If your grocery store doesn’t have a cranberry trail mix, you could throw in some extra cranberries and a few handfuls of raisins and some sunflower seeds to get the same effect.
Cinnamon’s a must, and I like to throw in a scoop of apple pie spice too. Don’t worry, it won’t make these taste like apple pie, but it will enhance their fruitiness.
I don’t think every granola bar would be right to gift as a holiday cookie, but these are so sweet, thick and absolutely loaded with fruit and nuts they pass the test. And how many people make festive granola bars for the holidays? Not enough. Maybe we’re starting a new tradition here!
The plan was to include nice little granola bar bundles in the homemade treat samplers I’m giving out this year, but I couldn’t part with this batch. After I took these pics I packed them all up in a plastic container and set them on the counter…not really a move of someone who’s serious about giving cookies away. Gives me an excuse to make more!
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55 minCook Time
55 minTotal Time
- nonstick spray
- 1/2 c coconut oil
- 7 c quick oats
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 c cranberry trail mix
- 1/2 c toasted almonds ( here's how to toast almonds )
- 1/2 c dried cranberries
- 2 Tbs ground flax seed
- 1 c brown sugar
- 1 c honey
- 1 Tbs vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
- Heat the oven to 375. Line a cookie sheet with foil and lightly spray with nonstick.
- Melt the coconut oil over low heat. In a very large mixing bowl, toss with the oats and salt. Spread the oats on the sheet and bake 20-25 mins, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 300. Dump the oats back into the bowl and stir in the trail mix, nuts, berries and flax. In a medium saucepan, combine the honey and brown sugar over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar melts. Add the vanilla and spices. Pour over the oat mixture and stir to evenly combine. Press the mixture into the cookie sheet and bake for about 30 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes before using a knife to mark out bars, then cut all the way through about 5 minutes later. Makes 35 large granola bars!
Adapted from Delectably Mine's Crunchy Granola Bars
Per bar, about 41g: 163 calories (50 calories from fat); 5.6g fat (9%)(0g trans); 0mg cholesterol (0%); 38mg sodium (2%); 26.5g carbohydrates (9%); 2.3g fiber (9%); 2.7g protein; Vitamin A 0%; Calcium 2%; Vitamin C 1%; Iron 6%; Potassium 2%