Caramel Granola Bars

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After more than 2 years of being a SAHM I find myself in need of more “adult” talk. Hubby’s working all day so I reached out to some wonderful moms in the community for play dates and “adult” talk.

We went out a couple of times. I’m having such a great time. I hope there will be many more play dates in the future.

Sometimes we decide to spend a couple of hours at the park and we have to pack a snack.

Some bring a piece of fruit, some biscuits, some a couple of sandwiches. And there she is, the mom that brings cookies! I’m that mom! (wasn’t that hard to guess, was it?) I mean, I already confessed about Chocolate Chip Cookies and Chocolate Almond Cookies.

Yesterday we were planning to meet again.

So I get up bright and early, took some oats, fruit and nuts out of the cupboard and decided to make some granola bars.

Caramel Granola Bars | roxanashomebaking.com

Granola bars are so versatile. You can add whatever fruit/nuts/seeds you have handy.

Mine had oats, golden raisins, cranberries, apricots, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and coconut.

The hardest part, when making granola bars, is to wait for them to completely cool before cutting them.

After keeping the pan a couple of hours in the fridge I cut them into bars, pack them in treat bags and had my fingers crossed the other moms would still tell me when a play date is scheduled.

Caramel Granola Bars | roxanashomebaking.com

Now you’d think we give each other a big hug, they forgive me for bringing the cookies and live happily ever after.

Wish I could tell you so. But the moment I got out of the house it started to rain. No play date. No big hugs.

I still wonder if I had made cookies it had rained. That question will be on my mind for quite a while.

Caramel Granola Bars | roxanashomebaking.com

Caramel Granola Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 32 bars

Caramel Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup cranberries
  • 3/4 cup chopped apricots
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 cup ground walnuts
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup raw sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Line a 11X7 baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl mix the oats, cinnamon, salt, fruit, seeds, walnuts and coconut flakes.
  4. In a sauce pan add the butter and honey. Heat gently until the butter has melted.
  5. Add the sugar keeping the pan over the lowest flame your stove has. Stir constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil, and continue to boil for another minute or two constantly stirring the mixture until it has formed a smooth caramel sauce.
  6. Pour over the dry ingredients, mix with a wooden spoon and scoop it into the prepared pan.
  7. With the back of the spoon or of a measuring cup press down the mixture.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes until the edges begin to brown.
  9. Take it out of the oven, let it cool slightly and then chill in the fridge for a couple of hours.
  10. When completely cooled cut into bars.

Notes

The bars turned out a little too sweet for my sweet tooth. I'd replace 3/4 cup fruit with 3/4 cup nuts or seeds. Recipe slightly adapted from Cookies and Bars

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Comments

  1. Yuri - Chef Pandita says

    They came out so pretty :) I only add cranberries to mine and sweeten with honey and agave. Sunflower seeds and almonds are a good addition to granola bars. I’ll try adding pumpkin seeds to mine, thanks for the inspiration :)

  2. Kristina says

    These turned out so pretty! They look so much better than the grocery store kind :) I love the coconut in them, yum!!

  3. Kiri W. says

    These look so perfect and professional! Love the bars, and caramel is my favorite thing with granola, it even beats chocolate for me :)

  4. says

    What a lovely thing to make for a playdate! You are so sweet to get up early and do that. Those look super delicious. I love how you wrapped them to be so beautiful. Have a wonderful day! <3

  5. says

    granola bars look delicious! anything homemade is better than the store bought ones. i’m sorry the play date was canceled! since i’m around my middle school students all day, i need adult talk too, hahah, so i know what u mean!

  6. says

    These are gorgeous. I don’t usually get drawn to a granola bar but these are so fabulous. I have done the sahm for 23 years and let me tell you the secret to sanity is meeting up with girlfriends.

  7. says

    I have granola bars on hand all of the time. I never want to be stuck starving with no food. I should try to make my own since I eat so many. I love that you wrapped these up as gifts. So thoughtful!

  8. Marsha @ The Harried Cook says

    I love granola bars! I love throwing in whatever strikes my fancy :) These bars look delicious! Love that they have sesame seeds.. yum! So sorry the play date didn’t happen! I know what you mean about needed adult talk!!! Nice post :)

  9. Amy says

    These sound amazing Roxana! Caramel in a granola bar would be divine :)! I love all of the goodies you have packed into these as well, the more nuts and fruit the better! Hope you are having a wonderful week :)!

  10. Renata says

    Absolutely gorgeous, Roxana! Don’t worry, many more sunny days will come to let you share so much love that you put into these delicious bars, and healthy too!! And your photos are beyond words!

  11. says

    wish I was there to devour them Roxana- they look delightful and yes hope there are many more play-dates and all the love you shower on the goodies are enjoyed by your friends !

  12. says

    PS…I took photos of my first batch of sugar cookie bars, but the batter was awfully crumbly. The next version was better, but I still debated myself as they rose unevenly…but the family gave them their approval. So I know that feeling of whether to post or not post!

  13. says

    I agree, granola bars are so fun and versatile! Your granola bars look so wonderful, especially with the addition of caramel, YUM!! Hugs, Terra

  14. says

    Roxanna….these look just awesome! I’d make a play date with you and promise a big hug if you bring me these! Actually, I had the opportunity in the past to buy some outrageously good granola bars at a farm market that I can no longer get to. I was thinking of looking them up online. But these look just as theirs looked….so I absolutely can’t wait to make them! Hope you have more fun play dates booked in the future! : )

  15. says

    Thanks for a healthy treat. Granola is a great breakfast option. I am looking at it on a different point of view now, ever since i saw how you made it into a fancy treat. These bars are awesome!

  16. says

    Love how packed these granola bars are with goodness. I’m sure you must be the envy of all the playgroup mom’s, and I’m also sure they appreciate you bringing snacks for everyone. Maybe an indoor playdate next time if it rains? Then you can share your deliciousness.

  17. Maria says

    Hi, I just made your caramel granola bars, it’s in the oven being bake right now. I didn’t have all ing. added chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. It smells really good. Can’t wait to eat them. Thank you so much for sharing all your yummy, delicious recipes. Love your site.

    Maria

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