Oat, Cashew, and Chocolate Granola Bars

by Jess on June 2, 2014

in Breakfast, Family, Recipes, Snacks

Oat Cashew Chocolate Granola BarsI’m in awe of how much has changed since my last post for Secret Recipe Club.  In early April, I limped around the kitchen with a belly so big that I could barely reach the counters, wondering all the time about the two small people having a party in there.  Today is the girls’ six week birthday and it feels weird and wonderful that they have been around this long.  Last night I was lying in bed, listening to their squeaks and squawks (and willing them to fall back asleep) and feeling so blessed that they are here.

Cooking and eating are still challenging undertakings, although increasingly Frank and I get to sit down and have a real meal.  Most of the time though, we need food that can be made or ordered in 10 minutes and that, preferably, can be eaten with one hand.  These granola bars on Lisa’s long-standing blog Cook Lisa Cook are the exact sort of thing we need more of at the moment.  Lisa’s blog is full of great ideas, especially for foods that are suitable for her sweet daughter Maisie, who has a few food allergies.  Her granola bars with their toasty cashews, chewy oats, and an extra dark chocolate are the exact sort of grab-and-go snack that I get really excited about.

Oat Cashew Chocolate Granola Bars

We had a great weekend, enjoying our last couple days with Frank’s sister in town and venturing out a few times with the girls in tow.  Sunday morning, holding Clara in a sling, with Molly supervising from the sidelines, we mixed up a batch of these granola bars.  We danced to Counting Crows, thanks to a 90s throwback phase that Frank is in, and dropped chocolate on the girls’ heads while we nibbled on crumbs.

Granola Bars

 

Oat, Cashew, and Chocolate Granola Bars
 
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A sweet, chewy granola bar with oats, cashew, and chocolate.
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 and ½ cup puffed rice cereal (like Rice Krispies)
  • ⅓ cup roughly chopped toasted cashews
  • 150 grams dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar (see note)
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt (omit if using salted cashews)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, rice cereal, cashews, and dark chocolate. Melt the butter in the microwave or in a small pan over medium heat. When melted, immediately stir in the brown sugar, honey, vanilla, and salt. Pour the liquids over the dry ingredients and stir until evenly combined. Firmly press the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake until golden brown on the top, 18-20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and slice into bars.
  3. Wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
Notes
Reduce the brown sugar if you prefer a less sweet bar. Recipe made with adaptations from Cook Lisa Cook.

 

It’s certainly a different scene in our kitchen these days, but one that is infinitely more fun.

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1 Katrina June 2, 2014 at 11:17 am

Aw, so sweet are your babies! Congrats. I love grab-n-go granola bars, too.

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2 Karista June 2, 2014 at 11:26 am

Love these bars Jess! My girls will love them too – on my list to make this week. Love seeing pictures of your beautiful angels!
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3 Meredith June 2, 2014 at 7:21 pm

These sound delish&&filling!!

Your girls are so precious…treasure your time with them…they grow up waaaay too fast I tell ya.

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4 Lisa~~ June 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Cutie girls! Pleased that you enjoyed the granola bars, I need to make them again for my Maisie.
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5 sarah k @ the pajama chef June 3, 2014 at 12:32 am

your girls are too cute! glad you’re getting into the swing of things. i made granola bars yesterday that were super similar–will have to use cashews next time. :)
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6 Caroline Taylor June 3, 2014 at 2:05 am

Lovely pictures. Really like how think those granola bars are.

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7 Caroline Taylor June 3, 2014 at 2:05 am

Whoops! I meant thick not think!

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8 Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen June 3, 2014 at 5:55 am

These granola bars look so yummy! I love how you’ve added cashews to them. Happy six-week birthday to your girls! My sister has twin girls. They are almost three and are becoming more independent, but still keep her busy for sure! Twins are so much fun!
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9 Liz June 3, 2014 at 9:53 am

Thank you Jess. Precious baby!

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10 Ashley June 4, 2014 at 4:02 am

Love those baby pictures! : ) So so cute!

And these granola bars sound great too – I love making them at home!
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11 Trisha June 4, 2014 at 6:22 am

Your girls are so precious …. I love the look of these granola bars, I’ve never used cashewnuts in them. I love cashew and cant wait to try these.
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12 cynthia June 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm

You were my hero before but now my HERO, producing great food w/babies on your hip! I just loved all the pics that you have posted of them, and regret we aren’t still in BKK to meet them. You know I’m obsessed w/your other granola so I will have to try these out, just as soon as I order some rice cereal on Amazon. :)

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13 Jess June 6, 2014 at 10:44 pm

We wish you were here to meet them too, Cynthia! Miss you guys!

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14 Joy Clarke June 10, 2014 at 3:03 am

I made these granola bars yesterday. They were so easy to make and turned out delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

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