Cranberry Almond Orange Granola Bars

Cranberry Almond Orange Granola Bars

It’s that time of year again. That time when thoughts turn to hikes, bikes and road trips. And the one thing they all have in common is the need for snacks. Snacks that don’t come from a vending machine or a gas station. With ingredients you recognize and will sustain you through your day. Hello Cranberry Almond Orange Granola Bars! Who’s with me on this??

We’ll be doing a lot of outdoor activities this year, and for once I plan to be prepared. Have you ever been on an hour hike that is just so perfect that you want to extend it to a full day? Only to realize that you didn’t bring any fortification and your belly is already complaining?

Yeah, me too. More times than I’d care to admit. But not this year. This year each of us has a High Sierra Hydration Pack and I have been busy making granola bars to keep on hand for our adventures.

Today I had a fresh batch of Blueberry Lemonade Granola in the kitchen and our hydration packs at the ready when Jeff suggested we explore some trails by our house. So of course we hustled around and took off for our hike.

MCP Hike

 

No hydration packs or even a drop of water. And no granola. Maybe we need to leave the bags packed and at the front door.

Ugh. Oh well. Plenty more excursions, both planned and spontaneous, in which to test out our new hydration packs. The granola? We’ve been shoving it into our faces by the handful. Turns out you don’t need to be hiking, biking or road trippin’ to enjoy granola. Who knew?

The Blueberry Lemonade Granola went so fast that I decided to make the Cranberry Almond Orange into bars. Y’know – just to have a vague idea of how much we’re consuming before we’re staring into a big empty bowl.

Cranberry Almond Orange Granola Bars

Cranberry Almond Orange Granola Bars are packed full of nutrition and tasty goodness. Just a hint of clove among the cinnamon – that pairs so beautifully with the brown sugar and maple syrup. You will probably want to make a double batch!

Cranberry Almond Orange Granola Bars

Cranberry Almond Orange Granola Bars

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

  • 3 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 3 Cups Almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Clove
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • Zest from 1 Orange
  • Juice from 1 Orange
  • 1 Cup Dried Cranberries, coarsely chopped

DIRECTIONS:

 

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Spread oats, almonds and coconut in parchment paper lined 8×12 cake pan and bake until lightly toasted; checking and stirring every 5 minutes. (Approximately 8 – 15 minutes, depending on oven/altitude.)
  2. Transfer oat mixture to a large bowl and line the cake pan with aluminum foil, lightly oiled or sprayed.
  3. Combine butter, syrup, brown sugar, orange juice/zest, cinnamon, clove and salt in small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until butter melts and sugar has dissolved.
  4. Pour syrup mixture over toasted oats/almonds/coconut and mix well. Let cool several minutes and then stir in cranberries.
  5. Transfer big glob of goodness into the prepared pan and firmly press the mixture down.
  6. Cover and refrigerate a minimum of 2 hours.
  7. Remove foil lined granola from pan, peel away the foil and cut into bars.
  8. Store bars in an airtight container for up to one week.
  9. ENJOY!

 

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