It’s that time of year again: back 2 school! And back to cozy sweaters, soft tights and evenings spent on the couch watching our favorite television series. All of this won’t happen right away because we still have a lot of nice warm days ahead of us, but I can’t wait to get into cocooning mode.
Back to school also means back to making lunches. I’m lucky enough to work near my house and have time to eat in my own kitchen everyday (or at my parents’ house), so I don’t have to prepare any lunch. But being myself one of those who must eat a snack during the morning to get to dinner time alive, I wanted to have a healthier solution instead of those chocolate covered chewy bars we can find at the grocery store. And because eating an apple opens my appetite instead of stuffing my stomach, I needed something substantial.
Those granola bars may not be safe for school since they include pistachios, but they sure are a great after-school snack!
Cranberry + pistachio granola bars (recipe by Table for Two)
- 500 ml (2 cups) oatmeal
- 250 ml (1 cup) shelled, unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped
- 250 ml (1 cup) dried cranberries
- 15 ml (1 tablespoon) chia seeds
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) honey
- 85 ml (1/3 cup) packed dark brown sugar
- 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) vanilla extract
1. Lightly grease a 13×18 inch baking sheet, set aside.
2. In a large bowl, stir together oatmeal, pistachios, cranberries, and chia seeds. Set aside.
3. In a medium pot, melt the butter, honey, and brown sugar together until it comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat then cook for 2 minutes more. Add vanilla to the pot and stir.
4. Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and mix together until just moistened.
5. Pour onto prepared baking sheet and press out to about 3/4 inch thick – if your sheet is too big, you can press them all to one half of the baking sheet to make them thicker.
6. Let cool in refrigerator for 2 hours then cut them into bars.
These bars are very soft, unlike regular granola bars. Just keep that in mind that after you take them out of the fridge and cut them, sitting at room temperature, the bars will soften.