Cranberry Orange Granola Bars are chewy and crunchy – healthy and delicious – oats, unsweetened coconut, cranberries – a great recipe to make with the kids. A great recipe to make and share with everyone who loves granola, both crunchy and chewy in every bite.
This recipe is made with sweetened condensed milk which makes for a beautiful chewy finish. There is no added oil or sugar, except that which is found in the condensed milk.
Cranberry Orange Granola Bars are Easy To Make!
Not many ingredients and you should have most in your pantry, and if not, they should be easily found at the local grocery.
- rolled oats
- unsweetened coconut
- dried cranberries
- crystallized ginger (a great item to keep on hand for upset stomachs or motion sickness)
- can of sweetened condensed milk
This Recipe is the second recipe I made with Audrey, a Pastry Chef in the making. Read all about my cooking class with Audrey.
As y’all know, I ALWAYS toast nuts and seeds before using them in a recipe; Audrey took care of that task for our Granola Bars, and she chopped the walnuts too, thus her tiptoes.
Candied Ginger or Crystallized Ginger – Great for motion sickness AND cooking!
Crystallized Ginger is great in recipes, and there isn’t much, if any difference between candied and crystallized ginger, use what you can find. If you have never tasted crystallized ginger straight out of the bag, may I suggest a small bite at first? This powerful little candy is a wonderfully sweet spicy taste. “Spicy Taste” for some might be an understatement. Audrey took a small nibble, and her expression was priceless. She sucked it right up though and finished her mouth full. She did, however, run for her soda. The spicy taste is spicy like ginger only sweetness added to the mix. She was surprised how much she loved it in the finished product.
For this recipe, Audrey chose to cut the amount of crystallized ginger in half. When I make this recipe for my household, I use the full amount.
Mixing the ingredients for the granola bars could not be easier. Measure them out and place them in a mixing bowl.
Pour the Condensed Milk into the bowl and stir to mix.
Zest one large orange, add and stir into the granola.
Prepare a parchment lined sheet tray for baking by spraying the paper with a non-stick cooking spray. Gently press the granola mix into the pan and bake. Done!
Taste Testing – Audrey gave her approval with a huge smile and seconds!
Once the granola bars have baked and cooled, flip the sheet tray over and pull off the parchment paper. Cut or chunk into pieces.
Blessed to have had the opportunity to mentor a young pastry chef in the making! Thank you, Audrey!!!
These Bars make a great snack, addition to a lunch box, or dessert. Wrap them in parchment paper for that extra touch!
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CRANBERRY ORANGE GRANOLA BARS
Yield 12 large bars
Cranberry Orange Granola Bars are chewy and crunchy - healthy and delicious - oats, unsweetened coconut, cranberries - a great recipe to make with the kids.
- 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
- 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted and chopped
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries, organic if you have them
- 2/3 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped
- zest from 1 large orange
- 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Toast the walnuts on a parchment lined sheet tray for 5 to 10 minutes. You will smell the oil being released from the nuts when toasted.
- Turn the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper and spray the paper with non-stick cooking spray.
- Stir together the dry ingredients. Add the condensed milk and the orange zest, stir well to incorporate all ingredients.
- Lightly press the bar mixture into the sheet tray and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until a light golden color and a little darker around the edges.
- Cool 20 to 30 minutes. Flip the bars onto a cutting board and pull off the parchment paper. Cut or chunk into bars.
- Store on the counter in a sealed container for 5 days. (They won't last that long.)