Granola Bars

Perfect Lunchbox Snack for Back To School

I made these scummy granola bars as a way to use up my leftover honey and nut granola and to stop me munching on too many biscuits. The bars came out a lot tastier than I was expecting. Now I cannot stop making or eating them! This recipe would work brilliantly with your own homemade granola as well if you don’t have any spare granola that you need to get rid of. Great homemade alternatives to snack bars, that are perfect for school or work lunches, these bad boys are definitely worth a try!

Ingredients:

  • 320g granola (bought or your own homemade batch, I used honey granola that contained flaked almonds and raisins)
  • 170g honey
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 180g (frozen) raspberries
  • 85g whole hazelnuts (or any other type of nuts)
  • Optional: 100g dark chocolate

Method:

  1. Grease and line a baking tray with baking paper . Preheat the oven to around 200oC/ fan 180oC/ gas mark 6.
  2. Mix the granola (homemade or shop bought) with the hazelnuts and raspberries in a large bowl.
  3. In a medium saucepan, mix the honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract and butter, then place over a medium heat. Stir until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.
  4. Pour the liquid mixture onto the granola, nuts and fruit mix and stir well until all the granola is covered in the sugary liquid and the raspberries are a little bashed. Spoon the mixture onto the baking tray, pressing it down so that it is evenly distributed. Place in the oven for around 25 minutes.
  5. Once baked, remove from the oven and leave until completely cooled. (At this point, you could melt the dark chocolate in a bowl oven a pan of boiling water to dribble over the bars to make them extra yummy)
  6. Once cooled, cut into squares and enjoy!

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