Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Easy Granola Bars

Granola bars, quite possibly one of the most perfect snack foods  A little sweet, a little chewy but still crunchy, and it's healthy.  Or maybe it isn't really that healthy when it's made with condensed milk, almonds, dried cranberries, raisins, chocolate, and coconut in it.  Oh and I threw in some pretzel bits in for some fun.  Alright, I concede, totally not healthy.  Who cares?  It's tasty and it's easy!

Oh and in case if you were wondering, I have tried the healthy granola bar recipe that use bananas but I wasn't very impressed.  I still ate the whole batch but that was only because I loaded it with chocolate chips.  Here's the non-banana version that's tasty.

Easy Granola Bars

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3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sweetened condensed milk, butter, coconut, almonds, chocolate chips and cranberries with your hands until well blended. Press flat into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, depending on how crunchy you want them. Lightly browned just around the edges will give you moist, chewy bars. Let cool for 5 minutes, cut into squares then let cool completely before serving.

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