This is my latest entry for Project Pastry Queen.
Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients. These come together very quickly and are fairly easy to make.
These bars are delicious, not too sweet, and full of nutritious oats, almonds, seeds and dried cranberries.
I stayed very true to the original recipe. I only changed the sweeteners a bit because the original recipe called for a lot of honey, which I find to be too strong of a flavor.
You can play with the combination of nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Try substituting pecans or pistachios for some of the almonds, or chopped dried apricots for the cranberries. Any kind of nut butter can be used instead of peanut butter.
Also, these are gluten-free, and if you use coconut oil instead of butter, they are vegan.
Jubilation Granola Chews
Based on a recipe from Rebecca Rather’s The Pastry Queen
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup agave nectar or honey
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil
1/3 cup peanut butter (preferably freshly ground)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cups almonds, sliced or slivered (or you can use a food processor to roughly chop whole almonds)
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 cup dried cranberries or golden raisins
1/4 cup golden flax seeds
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, agave nectar or honey, and water in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer approximately 8-10 minutes until it reaches soft ball stage, 234° to 240° on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in the butter or coconut oil, peanut butter and vanilla.
Spread the oats, almonds, coconut, sunflower and sesame seeds on 2 baking sheets. Bake for 7-10 minutes, stirring once, until lightly browned. Place in a large bowl and add the cranberries and flax seeds. Pour in the syrup mixture and stir to combine. Cool for about 30 minutes, then pour into prepared pan. Press the mixture evenly and firmly into the pan, using a sheet of waxed paper or plastic wrap to prevent your hands from sticking. Cool another 30 minutes, or longer, before cutting into bars.
Makes 16-24 bars, depending on how large you cut them.