Chewy Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars

The Culinary Couple | Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

Makes 12 bars.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • dash of cinnamon

Directions

  1. Add 1/2 cup each of almonds, pecans, and old fashioned oats to a food processor. Process until fine, then pour into a large bowl. Roughly chop the remaining pecans and almonds, and add them to the bowl. Add remaining old fashioned oats, chocolate chips, cherries, and sesame seeds; mix well and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine honey, coconut oil, salt, vanilla and almond extracts, and cinnamon. Stir until the mixture melts, then foams, then cook for 15 seconds longer. Pour over nut mixture and mix thoroughly to coat all of the ingredients.
  3. Line 8×8 pan with enough saran wrap or parchment paper to let it hang over the sides, then spread the granola into it. Press very, very firmly with your hands or something with a flat bottom (may need to spray it with non-stick spray.) Wrap the overhanging saran wrap or parchment paper up over the sides and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours.
  4. Using a sharp knife, cut chilled granola into bars. Wrap individually in saran wrap and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
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