Toasted Almond Granola Bars

These crunchy Toasted Almond Granola Bars are fully of nutty, delicious flavor. These are my new favorite breakfast treat, and taste so much better than store bought!
Toasted Almond Granola Bars | ChezCateyLou.com

Today’s post is a very special one – some blog friends and I are throwing a virtual bridal shower for our friend Nora from A Clean Bake.  She is getting married in just a few short weeks! Meriem from Culinary Couture is the lovely host of this shower. If you scroll to the bottom of the post, you can see all of the amazing dishes that everyone made for the shower!

I made crunchy Toasted Almond Granola Bars. This is my first time making granola bars, and I am officially obsessed. The flavor of these granola bars is so nutty and delicious!

Toasted Almond Granola Bars | ChezCateyLou.com

Toasted Almond Granola Bars | ChezCateyLou.com

Granola bars might not sound all that exciting, but let me tell you – these are delicious. I seriously could not stop eating them! The flavor from the toasted oats and almonds is so nutty and delicious. And addicting! The bars are super crunchy – I loved breaking them into pieces and putting them in yogurt. So perfect for breakfast or snack!

Toasted Almond Granola Bars | ChezCateyLou.com

Toasted Almond Granola Bars | ChezCateyLou.com

Toasted Almond Granola Bars

Toasted Almond Granola Bars

These crunchy Toasted Almond Granola Bars are fully of nutty, delicious flavor. These are my new favorite breakfast treat, and taste so much better than store bought!

Ingredients

  • 7 cups (21 ounces) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole almonds (can also use pecans or walnuts)
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup (5 1/4 ounces) packed brown sugar (light or dark brown)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line an 18x12 inch rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Mix oats, oil, and salt in a large bowl until all oats are coated. Pour onto prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer. (save bowl for later). Bake the oats, stirring every 10 minutes, until pale golden brown, about 30 minutes.
  3. Lower oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  4. Take 3/4 cup of the nuts and coarsely chop. Process the other 3/4 cup in a food processor until finely ground, about 30 seconds.
  5. Add honey and brown sugar to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the sugar is fully dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat then stir in vanilla and cinnamon.
  6. Combine oats, all nuts, and honey in the large bowl and stir until oats and nuts are evenly coated.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Using a rubber spatula, press the mixture into a very flat, tight layer. Make sure to press forcefully.
  8. Bake until golden, 45 - 50 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and cut into bars with a sharp knife. The bars will get crunchy as they cool. Cool completely before storing.

Notes

Recipe from Cook's Illustrated

http://chezcateylou.com/toasted-almond-granola-bars/

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh my goodness, these look incredible. Homemade granola or granola bars have been on my to-do list for so long … yours look so perfect (and the packaging could not be cuter!!!) Yay for such a gorgeous bridal shower for Nora!!!

  2. says

    Thank you so much for making these, Cate! Honestly, you must have read my mind because I have been looking for a really good homemade granola bar recipe to make so that I can have something to munch on all day (I hear horror stories of brides going the whole day without eating…um, no thanks) and these are JUST what I was looking for! You are amazing!

    • says

      Congratulations, Nora!! I had so much fun “at your shower” :) I wish we could have done it in person! And you are smart to make sure you eat on your wedding day – it is a long day, you need the energy!!

  3. says

    Cate, homemade granola bars are the best and yours look fabulous! I love how easily adaptable they are. I always load mine up with chocolate chips (I try to tell myself they don’t take away from the health factor). Beautiful photos too, lady!

  4. says

    Oh my gah lady these sound and look amazing!!! I’ve made one too many mushy granola bars lately so I definitely need a nice and crunchy one like this. Such awesome photos and yay for celebrating Nora!!!

  5. says

    Great recipe, thank you! This is my idea of the classic granola bar flavors. I love toasted almonds paired with oats and the honey to add that great flavor and texture.

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