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Chewy Walnut Granola Bars

by on May 22, 2013 · 7 comments

If you’re looking for a recipe that makes a dense, chewy granola bar and doesn’t call for peanut butter or eggs, this one is perfect! Loaded with walnuts, pumpkin seeds, chocolate and cranberries, these bars are held together by a paste made of apricots, butter and honey.

Chewy Walnut Granola Bars

The recipe, Chewy Walnut Granola Bars, is originally from the California Walnut Commission where they make it in a 9×13 inch metal pan. Since I’ll probably be eating all of these myself (I slipped half of one into Fuzz’s lunchbox and am waiting to see if she likes it), I made a half batch using an 8 inch square pan. And while the original recipe calls for a food processor, I was able to get away with using my mini chopper to make the apricot paste.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure this recipe would work — especially when I took the bars out of the oven. They were very soft and I didn’t dare cut into them because it was obvious they’d fall apart.  But sometimes it just takes a little patience, so I let the bars cool on the counter for a while, then put them in the refrigerator for about an hour. Once cooled and chilled, they were very sturdy and sliced easily into perfect (well, almost) rectangles.

Chewy Walnut Granola Bars

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Chewy Walnut Granola Bars
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A chewy granola bar with lots of walnuts! This one is from the California Walnut Commission.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats, uncooked
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose unbleached flour (whole wheat or white)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cups coarsely chopped California Walnuts (I toasted mine)
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (I used flaked sweetened)
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds ( I used 2 tablespoons flax seeds)
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, cut into small pieces or use unsalted and add a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square metal pan with parchment paper.
  2. In bowl, stir together the together oats, brown sugar, flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Stir in walnuts, cherries, chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, coconut and sesame (or flax) seeds; set aside.
  3. In food processor, (a mini is okay) process apricots until broken up, about 1 minute. Add butter, process until a paste forms, about 1 minute. With motor running, pour in honey until well blended. If using a mini processor/chopper, just add the honey and process for a few seconds.
  4. Fold apricot mixture into oat mixture until well combined. Pat evenly into prepared baking pan. Press down as firmly as you can.
  5. Bake in the center of oven until golden, about 25 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool completely (don't even think about cutting while hot). Cut into bars.
Source: California Walnut Commission


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Published on May 22, 2013

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Sue May 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Oh my goodness these sound so good to me!! If I were home I’d run out and buy the ingredients to make them.

sarah May 22, 2013 at 12:56 pm

What could I use in place of the butter to make these dairy free?

Anna May 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Sarah, I think Earth Balance would work.

Jan Harris May 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Boy, those look great!

Katrina May 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Mmmm, I love trying different granola bars. Love the apricot paste idea. I’ll let you know when I make them.

Liz June 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm

These are delicious! I made them last night and they’re all gone :)

Anna June 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Liz, thanks for trying them and leaving a review! I appreciate it.

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