Chewy Honey Granola Bars

Everyone knows that honey, oats and cinnamon are a mouthwatering match, but one secret ingredient takes these bars to a whole new level

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If you have ever tasted orange blossom honey or any honey with a particularly strong aroma, you know how much power it has and how much the scent can change a recipe, even when you're only adding a tablespoon or two. If you can't find blackberry honey, take a trip to your local farmer's market (before fall sets in wahhh) and see if you can sample some local honeys with a bolder flavour profile. You may find a flavour that stands out to you.

No matter what kind of honey you choose, these bars will be delicious. They are chewy since they're not baked but crunchy due to the addition of some nuts. Toasting the oats changes their flavour, which compliments the taste of the honey in these perfectly portable granola bars.

Enjoy these chewy granola bars with a cup of tea, on their own or pack them in a lunch box so you don't end up eating half the tray! ​​

Chewy Gluten Free Honey Granola Bars

Makes 1 8x8 or 9x9 tray {12 bars}

  • 2 1/4 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) grass-fed butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste or extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4-6 tbs honey 
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbs coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened organic dried cranberries
  • scant 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup organic dark chocolate chips (optional but highly recommended ) 

Method

Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.​ 

Line an 8x8 or 9x9 tray with parchment paper, leaving room on the sides to act as "flaps".​

In a small saucepan melt butter, ​coconut sugar and honey. Cook until the mixture bubbles and then remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and salt. 

Pour hot sugar mixture over dry ingredients and stir with a spatula ​until combined. Transfer to pan and press down, ensuring the mixture is sitting evenly in the pan. Allow to cool and set in fridge for 1-2 hours. Cut into bars and enjoy!

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