Cranberry White Chocolate Granola Bars
How do you get granola bars to stick together?
Honey is the binding agent in these bars, and when melted and mixed with the other ingredients, it creates a sticky combination that holds the bars together as they bake.
What is the healthiest granola bar for you?
I happen to think homemade granola bars are always ideal and best for you because you know precisely what's in them. If you start looking at ingredient lists for store-bought bars, you might be surprised to see some additives and other ingredients you've never heard of and probably don't want to feed your family.
How are granola bars made?
Granola bars are made by melting together your binding ingredients, mixing it with the dry ingredients, baking the mixture on a rimmed baking sheet, and letting them cool slightly so you can cut them into the shapes of bars. For extra fun, I melt white chocolate and drizzle it over top of the finished and cooled bars!
Can you freeze granola bars?
Simple & sweet these easy homemade granola bars are perfect for breakfast or on the go snacking.
- 6 tablespoons butter
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- ⅓ cup milk
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dried sweetened cranberries (Craisins) or dried sweet cherries
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 3 cups crispy rice cereal
- 4 ounces or ½ cup white chocolate
- In a medium sauce pan over medium heat add the butter and cook until melted.
- Add the brown sugar, honey, milk, salt, and dried cranberries to the melted butter and stir to combine.
- Let the mixture come to a boil and boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Take the pan off the heat and add vanilla and cinnamon.
- In a large bowl add the oats and crispy rice cereal and then pour the cooked mixture over the top. Stir until well combined.
- Dump the mixture onto one side of a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Press the mixture into the pan using the greased bottom of a measuring cup.
- The finished bars will take up about ⅔ of the pan and be about ¾ of an inch thick. Allow the bars to cool and set for at least an hour.
- After the bars have had time to cool, place them and the parchment paper they are still on, on a cutting board.
- Cut into bars using a sharp knife, but leave them close together (see pictures below).
- Melt the white chocolate in a mug over high heat in the microwave until smooth, stirring often.
- Drizzle the chocolate evenly over all of the bars. Allow the chocolate to cool and set for at least an hour.
- When the chocolate is set, cut the bars again with a sharp knife in the same places you cut before. Gobble them up or store in an air-tight container for later.
- I like to re-hydrate and plump up dried fruits before I eat them in something like this, so I boiled them in the sugar/butter mixture to soften them. If you like your Craisins chewy and more firm don't boil them and just add them to the cereal/oat mixture.
- This is a great recipe to add anything too! Throw some nuts, flax, or wheat germ into the cereal/oat mixture; the possibilities are endless.
- The bars firmed up as they sat overnight, uncovered. So if they are a bit soft, just leave them out overnight.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Snacks, Granola Bars
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: homemade granola bars, granola bars with oatmeal, easy granola bars recipe, white chocolate granola bar
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This post was originally published in 2012, and has been updated and rephotographed in October 2019.
You'll love these simple and quick cranberry white chocolate granola bars for busy days when you and your family need a quick bite, and they are so tasty with pure and clean ingredients!