Chewy Walnut Granola Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Cookie Madness
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 35 mins
A chewy granola bar with lots of walnuts! This one is from the California Walnut Commission.
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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.
Notes
Source: California Walnut Commission
Recipe by Cookie Madness at http://www.cookiemadness.net/2013/05/chewy-walnut-granola-bars/