Cooking with Katie

Homemade Granola Bars

I love granola; I mean, I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! This is the first time I’ve tried making it at home, and it came out perfectly! This stuff is addictive.

This granola is a blank canvas that I chose to decorate with dried cranberries. You can add whatever you like spruce it up, and of course, if there’s a nut allergy, you can omit the almonds. Dried apricots, dates, banana chips, chocolate chips, dried cherries, dried blueberries, or even dried pomegranate seeds would be GREAT in this! Use whatever you’d like!

Home-made Granola Bars (Ina Garten)

  • 2 c old-fashioned oats
  • 1 c sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 1 c sliced almonds
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 2/3 c honey
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries

Toast the oatmeal, coconut, and almonds at 350 degrees on a dry baking sheet for 10-12 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Combine with the toasted oat mixture and stir in the cranberries. Spray a 9×13 baking dish, then line with parchment paper. Pour the granola into the dish and smooth into an even layer.

Bake at 300 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Let cool for at least 2-3 hours before cutting and serving. Enjoy!


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