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One of our favorite on-the-go snacks, granola bars are one of the easiest ways to fuel yourself throughout long days – but the pre-packaged ones aren’t the healthiest.

Luckily, our homemade version is very simple to throw together, and the combination of toasted oats (pro tip: don’t skip this step!), dried cherries and apricots makes for a flavorful, nutrient-packed snack.

How to Make It

Difficulty: Easy

Overall Time: 1 hr 40 min

Prep Time: 40 min + 1 hr cooling time

Serves: 24 bars

  • 2 ½ cups large flake rolled oats
  • 1 cup puffed brown rice
  • ½ cup finely chopped roasted, salted almonds
  • ¼ cup finely chopped dried cherries
  • ¼ cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup smooth natural almond butter
  • ½ tsp flaky sea salt, optional
  1. Arrange rack in center of oven. Preheat to 350°F. Butter a 9-in square cake pan. Line with parchment, overhanging edges on two opposite sides.
  2. Transfer oat flakes to a baking sheet, shaking pan to evenly distribute. Bake in center of the oven until well toasted, approximately 14 to 16 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  3. Combine oats with puffed rice, almonds, cherries, apricots, hemp, and flax seeds in a large bowl, working with your fingertips until ingredients are evenly distributed. Then, set aside.
  4. Combine honey with oil in a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, until mixture is fully melted. Bring to a full boil and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and immediately whisk in almond butter until smooth. Pour over oat mixture, stirring until fully combined.
  5. Scrape mixture over bottom of prepared pan to evenly distribute. Then using the bottom of a flat measuring cup, press firmly into an even layer. Sprinkle with salt, if using. Let it stand until set, about 1 hour.
  6. Lift bars out of pan using parchment edges. Using a sharp knife, cut crosswise into six rows, then lengthwise into four rows to make 24 bars.

How to Store It

Bars will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Salted Almond Granola Bars
Salted Almond Granola Bars by Casa de Suna

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